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Water quality and cottage prices in Ontario

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We use hedonic analysis to show that water clarity has a significant effect on lakefront property values in the Near North Ontario, Canada. In this study, water clarity is measured by Secchi disc reading. Based on two different dependent variables; sales price and sales price per square foot, and the estimation of linear, log–linear and log–log models, we find that water clarity does matter to lakefront property buyers in the Near North, Ontario. In particular, our results indicate that buyers are willing to pay about 2% more for each 1-foot increase in water clarity or Secchi depth. This finding is consistent across all of our specifications.
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Keywords: Canada; Near North Ontario; Q51; Q53; R11; environment; hedonic regression; water quality

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: AutoZone, Memphis, USA 2: Department of Economics, Rhodes College, 38112-1690, Memphis, USA

Publication date: 2014-04-03

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