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Analysis Of Rural Quality Of Life And Health: A Spatial Approach

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  • Bukenya, James O.
  • Gebremedhin, Tesfa G.
  • Schaeffer, Peter V.

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This paper examines the relationship between quality of life, health and several socioeconomic variables. The analysis utilizes empirical data obtained from a survey questionnaire administered on a random sample of over 2000 residents in twenty-one counties in West Virginia, and spatial data obtained by geocoding the survey respondents' addressees. Quality of life is measured by a three-point categorical measure of overall satisfaction and an ordered probit model is used to examine the relationships. The empirical results are consistent with the theoretical predictions and indicate, for instance, that quality of life satisfaction increases with income and education while it decreases with unemployment.

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Paper provided by American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association) in its series 2002 Annual meeting, July 28-31, Long Beach, CA with number 19878.

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Handle: RePEc:ags:aaea02:19878

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Keywords: Community/Rural/Urban Development; Consumer/Household Economics;

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  1. Elizabeth Monk-Turner & Charlie Turner, 2012. "Subjective Wellbeing in a Southwestern Province in China," Journal of Happiness Studies, Springer, vol. 13(2), pages 357-369, April.
  2. Elizabeth Monk-Turner & Charlie Turner, 2010. "Subjective Well-being Among Those Who Exchange Sex and Money, Yunnan, China and Thailand," Social Indicators Research, Springer, vol. 99(1), pages 13-23, October.
  3. Nzaku, Kilungu & Bukenya, James O., 2004. "Examining The Role Of Spatially Distributed Amenities In Economic Development In Alabama," 2004 Annual meeting, August 1-4, Denver, CO 20101, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  4. Dolan, Paul & Peasgood, Tessa & White, Mathew, 2008. "Do we really know what makes us happy A review of the economic literature on the factors associated with subjective well-being," Journal of Economic Psychology, Elsevier, vol. 29(1), pages 94-122, February.
  5. Nzaku, Kilungu & Bukenya, James O., 2004. "The Influence Of Amenities And Quality Of Life On Regional Development In Alabama," 2004 Annual Meeting, February 14-18, 2004, Tulsa, Oklahoma 34604, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.

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