Measuring Intrusion Valuations Through Stated Preferences and Hedonic Prices - a Comparative Study

Measuring Intrusion Valuations Through Stated Preferences and Hedonic Prices - a Comparative Study


J Eliasson, Transek, SE



Intrusion effects (sometimes called encroachment effects) is a collective notion for all the external effects a road or a railway and the traffic on it has on its surrounding, such as noise, barrier effects, visual impacts on the landscape and ecological effects. In standard cost-benefit analyses of infrastructure investments, intrusion effects are usually not included, with the possible exceptions of noise. Other aspects of intrusion are nearly always left outside the formal cost-benefit analysis. One of the primary reasons for this is the difficulty of obtaining reliable valuations of intrusion effects.

In this paper, we use stated preferences (SP) and hedonic prices (HP) to obtain valuations of intrusion effects in residential areas. In the SP survey, respondents were asked which house they would prefer tobuy out of two alternatives which differed only as to proximity to a road or railway and a number of related factors such as screening and passage possibilities. The alternatives were presented with the help of films and soundtracks. In the HP study, data on housing purchases in the Stockholm region 1994-1997 were used to measure implicit prices on intrusion effects from roads and railways. Both methods work fairly well, although both have its weaknesses. The SP survey gave sometimes very largevaluations, sometimes of the same order of magnitude as the purchase price of the house. In the HP, the intrusion effects of infrastructure proved difficult to separate from the increased accessibility.

The valuations seem to differ significantly across the population, making it important to distinguish between how intrusion effects are valued by the average individual, and how intrusion effects affectmarket prices, which will be determined by the valuations of the marginal buyer.

A preliminary conclusion would be that the intrusion effects from a large road within 50 m of house is valued to around 30,000 - 40,000 euros, while the intrusion effects from a large road within 50-200 m from a house is valued to around 10,000 - 15,000 euros. These figures assume that the usual intrusion-decreasing measures such as noise walls and tunnels or bridges across the road are applied.


Association for European Transport