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Geographical Cost of Living Differences: An Update

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  • Walter W. McMahon
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    This article develops a method for estimating current geographical differences in the cost of living index for all states for 1981-1990. These estimates based on BLS data are shown to correspond closely to statewide cost of living estimates for 1989 based on the American Chamber of Commerce Research Association data for selected cities.Living costs are highest in Hawaii, Alaska, Connecticut, Washington D.C., New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York, and California. They are lower in Mississippi, West Virginia, Arkansas, Idaho, and Utah. The basic pattern persists since 1977 with shifts related to economic growth rates. Copyright American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association.

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    Article provided by American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association in its journal Real Estate Economics.

    Volume (Year): 19 (1991)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 426-450

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:reesec:v:19:y:1991:i:3:p:426-450

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    1. Cebula, Richard & Toma, Michael, 2007. "An Empirical Analysis of Determinants of Interstate Living-Cost Differentials, 2005," MPRA Paper 52430, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Robert Moffitt & David Ribar & Mark Wilhelm, 1998. "The Decline of Welfare Benefits in the US: The Role of Wage Inequality," Economics Working Paper Archive 373, The Johns Hopkins University,Department of Economics.
    3. Elissaios Papyrakis & Ohad Raveh, 2013. "An Empirical Analysis of a Regional Dutch Disease: The case of Canada," OxCarre Working Papers 106, Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies, University of Oxford.
    4. Ohad Raveh, 2013. "Dutch Disease, Factor Mobility, and the Alberta Effect - The case of federations," OxCarre Working Papers 100, Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies, University of Oxford.
    5. Cebula, Richard J. & Alexander, Gigi M., 2006. "Determinants of Net Interstate Migration, 2000-2004," Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, Mid-Continent Regional Science Association, vol. 36(2).
    6. Stoddard, Christiana, 2005. "Adjusting teacher salaries for the cost of living: the effect on salary comparisons and policy conclusions," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 24(3), pages 323-339, June.

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