Title

The Effect of a Large Hog Barn Operation on Residential Sales Prices in Marshall County, KY

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2014

Publication Title

Journal of Sustainable Real Estate

Abstract

In this paper, we examine the economic impact of a tightly clustered complex of hog barns, a type of concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) on residential property in a rural area near Benton, Kentucky. The operation creates noxious and offensive odors associated with swine-raising and waste disposal activities. Theory and practice indicate that buyers would avoid purchasing a property believed to be contaminated or subject to effects of unsustainable environmental disamenities. Using hedonic regression analysis, the results show price reductions of 23%-32% for residential properties sold within 1.25 miles of the facility, and much larger losses northeast (downwind) of the facility.

Volume

6

Issue

1

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