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The greener, the happier?: the effect of urban land use on residential well-being

Krekel, Christian, Kolbe, Jens and Wüstemann, Henry (2016) The greener, the happier?: the effect of urban land use on residential well-being. Ecological Economics, 121. pp. 117-127. ISSN 0921-8009

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2015.11.005

Abstract

We investigate the effect of urban land use on residential well-being in major German cities, using panel data from the German Socio-Economic Panel and cross-section data from the European Urban Atlas. We reduce concerns about endogeneity by employing fixed-effects (within) estimators, with individual and city of residence fixed effects, while controlling for a rich set of observables. The results show that access to green urban areas, such as gardens and parks, is positively associated with, whereas access to abandoned areas, such as waste or leftover land, is negatively associated with life satisfaction. The effects are strongest for residents who are older, accounting for up to a third of the size of the effect of being unemployed on life satisfaction. We calculate the marginal willingness-to-pay of residents in order to have access to green urban and abandoned areas in their surroundings, as well as the life-satisfaction maximising amounts of them. Finally, we provide a policy case study, while discussing limitations and avenues for future research.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2015 Elsevier B.V.
Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
JEL classification: C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C2 - Econometric Methods: Single Equation Models; Single Variables > C23 - Models with Panel Data
Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics > Q5 - Environmental Economics > Q51 - Valuation of Environmental Effects
Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics > Q5 - Environmental Economics > Q57 - Ecological Economics: Ecosystem Services; Biodiversity Conservation; Bioeconomics
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R2 - Household Analysis > R20 - General
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2019 14:06
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2019 03:06
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/101389

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