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The Environment and the Quality of Life in the United States Over Time

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  • Hirschberg, J.G.
  • Maasoumi, E.
  • Slottje, D.J.

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This paper considers the similarity between two measures of air pollution/quality control, on the one hand, and widely used indicators of life quality and welfare in the US, on the other. We use statistical cluster analysis based on information measures of similarity and distance. The results indicate the clusters of the US macroeconomic and quality of life indicators from 1015 to 1987, which contain the air quality measures. This can help in deciding on distinct dimensions to be considered in multidimensional studies of welfare and quality of life.

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Paper provided by The University of Melbourne in its series Department of Economics - Working Papers Series with number 654.

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Length: 17 pages
Date of creation: 1998
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Handle: RePEc:mlb:wpaper:654

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Keywords: AIR QUALITY ; TIME SERIES ; INFORMATION;

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Cited by:
  1. Marshall, Elizabeth P. & Shortle, James S., 2005. "Using DEA and VEA to Evaluate Quality of Life in the Mid-Atlantic States," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, vol. 34(2), October.
  2. Joseph G. Hirschberg & Jenny N. Lye, 2001. "Clustering in a Data Envelopment Analysis Using Bootstrapped Efficiency Scores," Department of Economics - Working Papers Series 800, The University of Melbourne.

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