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Title: The impact of water quality in Narragansett Bay on housing prices

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  1. ORISE Participant with U.S. EPA, Cincinnati Ohio USA
  2. Department of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, University of Rhode Island, Kingston Rhode Island USA
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Journal Article: Publisher's Accepted Manuscript
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Water Resources Research
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Related Information: CHORUS Timestamp: 2017-10-23 17:38:45; Journal ID: ISSN 0043-1397
American Geophysical Union (AGU)
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United States

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Liu, Tingting, Opaluch, James J., and Uchida, Emi. The impact of water quality in Narragansett Bay on housing prices. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1002/2016WR019606.
Liu, Tingting, Opaluch, James J., & Uchida, Emi. The impact of water quality in Narragansett Bay on housing prices. United States. doi:10.1002/2016WR019606.
Liu, Tingting, Opaluch, James J., and Uchida, Emi. 2017. "The impact of water quality in Narragansett Bay on housing prices". United States. doi:10.1002/2016WR019606.
title = {The impact of water quality in Narragansett Bay on housing prices},
author = {Liu, Tingting and Opaluch, James J. and Uchida, Emi},
abstractNote = {},
doi = {10.1002/2016WR019606},
journal = {Water Resources Research},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = 2017,
month = 7

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