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Quality of life in the economic and urban economic literature

Lambiri, Dionysia and Biagi, Bianca and Royuela, Vicente (2007) Quality of life in the economic and urban economic literature. Social Indicators Research, Vol. 84 (1), p. 1-25. eISSN 1573-0921. Article.

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DOI: 10.1007/s11205-006-9071-5


Quality of life (QoL) is increasingly becoming a concept researched empirically and theoretically in the field of economics. In urban economics in particular, this increasing interest stems mainly from the fact that QoL affects urban competitiveness and urban growth: research shows that when households and businesses decide where to locate, QoL considerations can play a very important role. The purpose of the present paper is to examine the way economic literature and urban economic literature in particular, have adopted QoL considerations in the economic thinking. Moreover, it presents the ways various studies have attempted to capture the multidimensional nature of the concept, and quantify it for the purposes of empirical research. Conclusions are drawn on the state of affairs regarding the study of QoL in economics, as well as the problems of measurement arising mainly from the complex nature of the concept.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:2819
Uncontrolled Keywords:Quality of life, urban economics
Subjects:Area 13 - Scienze economiche e statistiche > SECS-P/02 Politica economica
Divisions:002 Altri enti e centri di ricerca del Nord Sardegna > CRENoS-Centro Ricerche Economiche Nord Sud, Università di Cagliari e Università di Sassari
001 Università di Sassari > 01 Dipartimenti > Economia, impresa, regolamentazione
Publisher:Springer Netherlands
Additional Information:Già pubblicato come working paper in: Working papers CRENoS, 2006/10, 21 p.
Deposited On:25 Aug 2009 12:28

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