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Journal Article

New Estimates of Quality of Life in Urban Areas

Glenn C. Blomquist, Mark C. Berger and John P. Hoehn
The American Economic Review
Vol. 78, No. 1 (Mar., 1988), pp. 89-107
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1814700
Page Count: 19
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New Estimates of Quality of Life in Urban Areas
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Abstract

Implicit markets capture compensation for intraurban and interregional differences in amenities and yield differences in housing prices and wages. These pecuniary differences become preference-based weights in a quality of life index. Hedonic equations are estimated using micro data from the 1980 Census and assembled county-based amenity data on climatic, environmental, and urban conditions. Ranking of 253 urban counties reveals substantial variation within and among urban areas.

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