Hedonic Estimates of Neighborhood Ethnic Preferences

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This article uses a new hedonic technique to examine households’ ethnic preferences and help assessors estimate the impact of neighborhood ethnicity on housing prices. A hedonic function, which relates housing and neighborhood characteristics to house values, is the envelope of households’ bids for these characteristics. This article derives this envelope by combining theories about household sorting across neighborhoods with constant-elasticity demand functions for neighborhood characteristics and housing. Estimates for the Cleveland area in 2000 find that some households prefer neighborhoods without black or Hispanic residents, whereas others prefer largely black or Hispanic neighborhoods, and that house values reflect ethnic preferences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22-51
Number of pages30
JournalPublic Finance Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Ethnicity
  • Hedonics
  • Prejudice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Public Administration


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