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Impact fees and real estate prices: evidence from 35 Chinese cities

Dong, Xiaofang and Fu, Shihe and Yuan, Yufei (2012): Impact fees and real estate prices: evidence from 35 Chinese cities. Published in: Frontiers of Economics in China , Vol. 8, No. 2 (1. March 2013): pp. 207-219.

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Abstract

Local governments often charge developers impact fees to finance local public goods. This has been practiced in Chinese cities for more than two decades; however, no empirical studies have tested the effect of impact fees on real estate prices. Using a panel data set for 35 large- and medium-sized cities from 1998 to 2008, we find that impact fees lead to a significant increase in real estate prices. For a given city, an increase in impact fees by one yuan leads to an increase of about 5 yuan in the price of newly-built housing; a 1% increase in impact fees leads to an increase of 5 percentage points in the housing price index and 7 percentage points in the land price index.

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