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The Quality of Life in Latin American Cities: Markets and Perception

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  • van Praag, Bernard M.S.
  • Gandelman, Néstor
  • Ferrer-i-Carbonell, Ada
  • Ham, Andrés
  • Lora, Eduardo
  • Tetaz, Martín
  • Medina, Carlos
  • Sanguinetti, Pablo
  • Cruces, Guillermo
  • Piani, Giorgina
  • Alcázar, Lorena
  • Powell, Andrew
  • Núñez, Jairo
  • Ferre, Zuleika
  • Andrade, Raúl
  • Robalino, Juan
  • Madrigal, Róger
  • Hall, Luis J.
  • Morales, Leonardo

Abstract

A growing number of cities around the world have established systems for monitoring the quality of urban life. Many of those systems combine objective information with subjective opinions and cover a wide variety of topics. This book assesses a method that takes advantage of both types of information and offers criteria to identify and rank the issues of potential importance for urban dwellers. This method--which combines the so-called 'hedonic price' and 'life satisfaction' approaches to value public goods--was tested in pilot studies in six Latin American cities: Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Lima, Medellín, Montevideo, and San José of Costa Rica. This publication belongs to the Latin American Development Forum Series (LADF), sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, and the World Bank.

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  • van Praag, Bernard M.S. & Gandelman, Néstor & Ferrer-i-Carbonell, Ada & Ham, Andrés & Lora, Eduardo & Tetaz, Martín & Medina, Carlos & Sanguinetti, Pablo & Cruces, Guillermo & Piani, Giorgina & Alcáza, 2011. "The Quality of Life in Latin American Cities: Markets and Perception," IDB Publications (Books), Inter-American Development Bank, number 364.
  • Handle: RePEc:idb:idbbks:364
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    1. Giorgina Piani & Zuleika Ferre & Nestor Gandelman, 2008. "Quality of Life in Montevideo," Research Department Publications 3262, Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department.
    2. Moulton, Brent R, 1987. "Diagnostics for Group Effects in Regression Analysis," Journal of Business & Economic Statistics, American Statistical Association, vol. 5(2), pages 275-282, April.
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