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In brief... Fear of fracking: the impact on UK house prices


Shale gas offers the prospect of a low-cost energy future – but does extracting it invoke anxieties about the possibility of environmental catastrophe among local residents? Research by Steve Gibbons and colleagues detects a distinct ‘fear of fracking’, as indicated by falling house prices in the one part of the country where exploratory drilling has taken place. Their study finds that house prices fell by up to 5% in the months after fracking triggered minor earthquakes. Compensation to local communities for the ‘psychological costs’ of fracking could be very costly.


Stephen Gibbons, Stephan Heblich, Esther Lho and Christopher Timmins

13 December 2016     Paper Number CEPCP487

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