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The rich, the clean, and the kind - a comprehensive wealth index for cities applied to the case of Germany

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  • Dovern Jonas
  • Quaas Martin
  • Wilfried Rickels

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We develop a comprehensive wealth index for cities that measures their endowment with environmental, energy, social, human, and economic capital stocks. We apply this index to the 100 largest autonomous cities in Germany. We find that (i) a good economic performance does not need to come at the cost of environmental degradation; (ii) clear regional differences exist between West and East Germany and between North and South Germany; and (iii) social preferences reflected in the comprehensive wealth index account for roughly half of the variation in housing rents, which reflect individual willingness to pay for living in a certain city

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Paper provided by Kiel Institute for the World Economy in its series Kiel Working Papers with number 1828.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2013
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Handle: RePEc:kie:kieliw:1828

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Keywords: comprehensive wealth; city; social preferences;

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