Smelly local polluters and residential property values: A hedonic analysis of four Orange County (California) cities


  • Jean-Daniel Saphores University of California, Irvine
  • Ismael Aguilar Benitez El Colegio de la Frontera Norte



Hedonic Price model, air pollution, industrial odors


We propose a simple framework combining GIS and hedonic pricing to evaluate the impacts of local industrial odors surrounding residential houses for four Southern California cities. Using GIS, we flag houses located at various distances from car paint-shops and smelly polluters in the EPA’s NET database. After accounting for heteroscedasticity through feasible GLS, we find statistically significant reduction in house prices of up to 3.4%. These results have implications for the local control of industrial odors.


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How to Cite

Saphores, J.-D., & Aguilar Benitez, I. (2005). Smelly local polluters and residential property values: A hedonic analysis of four Orange County (California) cities. Estudios Económicos De El Colegio De México, 20(2), 197–218.