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Urban land use fragmentation and human well-being

Bertram, Christine, Goebel, Jan, Krekel, Christian and Rehdanz, Katrin (2022) Urban land use fragmentation and human well-being. Land Economics, 98 (2). 399 - 420. ISSN 0023-7639

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Identification Number: 10.3368/le.98.2.122019-0175R1


We study how land use fragmentation affects the life satisfaction of city dwellers. To this end, we calculate fragmentation metrics based on exact geographical coordinates of land use from the European Urban Atlas and of households from the German Socio-Economic Panel. Using ordinary least squares and fixed effects specifications, we find little effect on life satisfaction when aggregating over land use types. When looking at particular types, however, we find that life satisfaction is positively affected by lower average degrees of soil sealing, larger shares of vegetation, and more heterogeneous configurations of medium and low-density urban fabric, especially in areas with higher population density

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Additional Information: © 2022 by the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System
Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
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 > Q57 - Ecological Economics: Ecosystem Services; Biodiversity Conservation; Bioeconomics
Date Deposited: 07 May 2024 13:39
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2024 18:57

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