Graduation Year

2016

Date of Submission

4-2016

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Economics

Reader 1

Oana Tocoian

Rights Information

© 2016 John Tanner Cullen

Abstract

This study focuses on explaining the determinants of home value for a given region of Oakland, California. With a history of high crime and low performing public schools, Oakland’s housing market has not achieved the same measurable success as neighboring cities like Berkeley and San Francisco. Through the use of time series regressions of panel data; rate of crime, school test scores, and distance to public transportation are examined in order to determine their singular and joint effects on single-family home values from 2008 to 2013. Trends in neighborhood characteristics indicate an ongoing change in neighborhood demographics, while regression results show each variables impact on price.

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