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A New Way of Monitoring the Quality of Urban Life

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  • Eduardo Lora
  • Andrew Powell

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A growing number of cities around the world have established systems of monitoring the quality of urban life. Many of those systems combine objective and subjective information and attempt to cover a wide variety of topics. This paper introduces a simple method that takes advantage of both types of information and provides criteria to identify and rank the issues of potential importance for urban dwellers. The method combines the so-called ‘hedonic price’ and ‘life satisfaction’ approaches to value public goods. Pilot case results for six Latin American cities are summarized and policy applications are discussed.

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Paper provided by World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER) in its series Working Paper Series with number UNU-WIDER Working Paper WP2011/12.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:unu:wpaper:wp2011-12

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Keywords: urban economics; quality of life; Latin America; public goods; hedonic price method; life satisfaction method;

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