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The influence of quality of life on urban growth : a case study of Barcelona

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Vaya Valcarce, Esther

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Abstract There are several determinants that influence household location decisions and, consequently, the growth of the cities. More concretely, recent economic literature assigns an increasingly important role to the variables governing quality of life. In the theoretical background of many of these works, it is usually assumed free migration across cities, what implies a spatial equilibrium. In this line, the spatial stationarity of the parameters is implicitly assumed in most studies. Here we analyse the role of quality of life in urban economics and test for the spatial stationarity of the relationship between city growth and quality of life in a local framework, Barcelona (Spain).

Die Entscheidung für den Standort von Haushalten wird von mehreren Determinanten beeinflusst. Insbesondere wird in der aktuellen Wirtschaftsliteratur den für die Lebensqualität ausschlaggebenden Variablen ein zunehmend hoher Stellenwert eingeräumt. Allerdings wird in den meisten Studien für diese Parameter implizit eine räumliche Unveränderlichkeit angenommen. In diesem Beitrag analysieren wir die Rolle der Lebensqualität in der Ökonomie von Städten und überprüfen die räumliche Unveränderlichkeit der Beziehung zwischen Stadtwachstum und Lebensqualität.
Keywords quality of life
Classification Sociology of Settlements and Housing, Urban Sociology; Population Studies, Sociology of Population
Free Keywords Quality-of-life; Urban economics; City growth; Geographically weighted regressions; Ökonomie von Städten; Stadtwachstum; Geografisch gewichtete Regressionen
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
Page/Pages p. 551-567
Journal Regional Studies, 44 (2010) 5
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)