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Magical contagion and commemorative plaques: Effects of celebrity occupancy on property values

Ayton, P. ORCID: 0000-0003-2285-4608, Weiss-Cohen, L. and Barson, M. (2022). Magical contagion and commemorative plaques: Effects of celebrity occupancy on property values. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 79, 101723. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2021.101723

Abstract

In many places commemorative plaques are erected on buildings to serve as historical markers of notable men and women who lived in them – London has a Blue Plaque scheme for this purpose. We investigated the influence of commemorative Blue Plaques on the selling prices of London real estate. We identified properties which sold both before and after a Blue Plaque was installed indexing prices relative to the median prevailing sales prices of properties sold in the same neighborhood. Relative prices increased by 27% (US$165,000 as of July 2020) after a Blue Plaque was installed but not in a control set of properties without Blue Plaques, sold both before and after a Blue Plaque was installed in close proximity. We discuss these findings in relation to the theory of magical contagion and claims from previous research suggesting that people are less likely to acknowledge magical effects when decisions involve money.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2022. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Publisher Keywords: Contagion, Kudos, Superstition, Affect, Intuitive evaluation
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > Psychology
Date available in CRO: 03 Dec 2021 15:33
Date deposited: 3 December 2021
Date of acceptance: 9 November 2021
Date of first online publication: 11 November 2022
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/27183
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