The Power of Big Companies? A Hedonic Pricing Approach of Estimating the Impact of Amazon Inc. to the Local Housing Market

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Bachelor of Arts



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Monica Das


The activities of Amazon Inc. are often considered as important signals to investors. Once Amazon announces the plan for a new campus, investors start to purchase properties in the neighborhood, trusting that Amazon would raise the housing prices. In this paper, I use over 70,000 housing transactions in Seattle between 2011 to 2017 to investigate the impact of Amazon’s new campus on the housing prices. Based on a difference-in-differences hedonic model, my results reveal that Amazon’s new campus actually decreases property value by 3%- 5% for homes located within 2 miles of the headquarter and by 4% for the ones located between 2 to 4 miles from the headquarter.

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