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Quality of Life in Urban Neighborhoods in Costa Rica

  • Roger Madrigal
  • Juan Robalino
  • Luis J. Hall

This paper considers valuation of amenities in urban neighborhoods and satisfaction with both those neighborhoods and life in general. First, rents are used to estimate neighborhood amenities price in San Jose, which explain 39 percent of the standardized variation of rents. Some districts rank very high in housing characteristics but poorly in neighborhood amenities, while others rank poorly in housing characteristics but high in neighborhood amenities, suggesting that indirect policy measures might reduce inequality in urban areas through improving neighborhood amenities. Second, the paper explores differences in the valuation of amenities by calculating prices in different urban areas. In more sparsely populated urban areas, distance to national parks becomes less important, but distance to primary roads becomes more important. Finally, housing and safety satisfaction represent the key components of life satisfaction.

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Paper provided by Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department in its series Research Department Publications with number 3263.

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Date of creation: Oct 2008
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Handle: RePEc:idb:wpaper:3263
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