How do pandemics affect urban housing markets? This paper studies historical outbreaks of the plague in 17th-century Amsterdam and cholera in 19th-century Paris to answer this question. Based on micro-level transaction data, we show outbreaks resulted in large declines in house prices, and smaller declines in rent prices. We find particularly large reductions in house prices during the first six months of an epidemic, and in heavily-affected areas. However, these price shocks were only transitory, and both cities quickly reverted to their initial price paths. Our findings suggest these two cities were very resilient to major shocks originating from epidemics.
|Journal of Urban Economics
|Published - May 2021
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Korevaar has been financed by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research under the Research Talent scheme (no. 406.16.552).
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