Quality of life and location-specific amenities : a subjective well-being approach

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Title: Quality of life and location-specific amenities : a subjective well-being approach
Authors: Brereton, Finbarr
Clinch, J. Peter
Ferreira, S. (Susana)
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/886
Date: Jul-2005
Abstract: In recent years, economists have started using socio-economic and socio-demographic characteristics to explain self-reported individual happiness or satisfaction with life. Using data disaggregated at the individual and regional level, this paper shows that while these variables are relevant, consideration of amenities such as climate, environmental and urban conditions, typically employed in hedonic wage and housing regressions, is critical when analysing subjective well-being. Location-specific factors are shown to have a direct impact on life satisfaction, suggesting that their effect on quality of life is not fully captured by compensating differentials in housing and labour markets.
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. Department of Planning and Environmental Policy
Copyright (published version): Copyright Finbarr Brereton, J. Peter Clinch and Susana Ferreira (2005)
Keywords: Life satisfactionSubjective well-beingHedonic regressionsAmenitiesLocation-specific factorsSocio-economicSocio-demographic factorsHappinessQuality of life
Subject LCSH: Quality of life
Human beings--Effect of environment on
Social ecology
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy Working Papers & Policy Briefs

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