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Urban-rural differences in quality of life across the European Union

Unterschiede zwischen Stadt und Land hinsichtlich der Lebensqualitt in der Europischen Union
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Shucksmith, Mark; Cameron, Stuart; Merridew, Tanya; Pichler, Florian

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Abstract This paper analyses the European Quality of Life Survey 2003, to explore urban-rural differences in income, deprivation, and other life domains. The main conclusion is that the richest countries in the EU show little evidence of significant urban-rural differences, whereas, in the poorer countries of the east and south, rural areas have a much lower level of perceived welfare and quality of life, particularly in the candidate countries. Despite this, subjective well-being is not significantly different, and this paradox is explored through multi-level modelling. The paper concludes by considering the policy implications for rural policy, urban policy and cohesion policy.
Classification European Politics; Area Development Planning, Regional Research
Free Keywords Quality-of-life; Rural; Europe; Cohesion; Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 1275-1289
Journal Regional Studies, 43 (2009) 10
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00343400802378750
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)