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Estudio exploratorio sobre asequibilidad económica a la vida cotidiana en principales ciudades de Chile


  • José Francisco Vergara Perucich

    () (IDEAR - ORDHUM - Departamento de Economía - Universidad Católica del Norte)


This study explores the relationship between household income and monthly expenditures in housing, public transport and the basic basket of goods and services in the main cities of Chile. It analyses the data obtained from CASEN survey, the National Institute of Statistics (INE) and the Ministry of Transports. It is presented the existence of high inequality between incomes and expenditures in the main cities of Chile. The paper call for discussing the implementation of a new instrument such as a Regional CPI for measuring the costs of living in cities. Also, given the severe results of this study, the authority is invited to discuss the possibility of creating better regulations of the basic goods and services’ markets towards creating an affordable everyday life.

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  • José Francisco Vergara Perucich, "undated". "Estudio exploratorio sobre asequibilidad económica a la vida cotidiana en principales ciudades de Chile," Documentos de Trabajo en Economia y Ciencia Regional dt201800, Universidad Catolica del Norte, Chile, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:cat:dtecon:dt201800

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    1. Stephen G. Cecchetti & Nelson C. Mark & Robert J. Sonora, 2002. "Price Index Convergence Among United States Cities," International Economic Review, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association, vol. 43(4), pages 1081-1099, November.
    2. Dusan Paredes & Patricio Aroca, 2008. "Metodología para Estimar un Indice Regional de Costo de Vivienda en Chile," Latin American Journal of Economics-formerly Cuadernos de Economía, Instituto de Economía. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile., vol. 45(131), pages 129-143.
    3. Kakwani, Nanak & Hill, Robert J., 2002. "Economic theory of spatial cost of living indices with application to Thailand," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 86(1), pages 71-97, October.
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    Living costs; CPI; Inflation; Chile;

    JEL classification:

    • D40 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - General
    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
    • P25 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics
    • R50 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - General


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