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Quality of life in central cities and suburbs

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  • Mark J. Jensen

    (Department of Economics, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65201, USA)

  • Charles L. Leven

    (Department of Economics, Washington University, and University of Missouri, St. Louis, MO 63130, USA)

Abstract

This study shows that there has been a statistically significant shift in the quality of life (QOL) in central cities of the 25 largest metro areas relative to their suburbs since 1980. This follows actual improvement of central cities in the `50s, followed by steady degradation in the `60s and `70s. These conclusions are based on a statistical analysis of key variables derived from a revealed preference conception of QOL. This is an important methodological advance, since relevant variables for directly constructing hedonic measures of QOL normally are unavailable for central cities. The basic Census data used in the analysis also indicate that the observed "turnaround" is evident without respect to size of metro area within the set of 25 largest and without respect to region of the country.

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  • Mark J. Jensen & Charles L. Leven, 1997. "Quality of life in central cities and suburbs," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer;Western Regional Science Association, vol. 31(4), pages 431-449.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:anresc:v:31:y:1997:i:4:p:431-449
    Note: Received: May 1996 / Accepted: August 1996
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    1. Blanchflower, David G. & Oswald, Andrew J., 2008. "Hypertension and happiness across nations," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 27(2), pages 218-233, March.
    2. John E. Roemer & Alain Trannoy, 2013. "Equality of Opportunity," Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers 1921, Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University.

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