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New Estimates of Quality of Life in Urban Areas


  • Blomquist, Glenn C
  • Berger, Mark C
  • Hoehn, John P


Implicit markets capture compensation for intraurban and interregional differe nces in amenities and yield differences in housing prices and wages. These pecuniary differences become preference-based weights in a qual ity-of-life index. Hedonic equations are estimated using microdata fr om the 1980 Census and assembled county-based amenity data on climati c, environmental, and urban conditions. Ranking of 253 urban counties reveals substantial variation within, as well as among, the 185 urba n areas. The quality-of-life differences across counties within one S MSA is almost one-half of the difference between the top- and bottom- ranked counties in the nation. Copyright 1988 by American Economic Association.

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  • Blomquist, Glenn C & Berger, Mark C & Hoehn, John P, 1988. "New Estimates of Quality of Life in Urban Areas," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 78(1), pages 89-107, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:78:y:1988:i:1:p:89-107

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