Environmental Amenities and Quality of Life Across the United States

Posted: 28 Jan 2017

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Mona Ahmadiani

University of Georgia - Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics

Susana Ferreira

University of Georgia

Date Written: January 27, 2017

Abstract

This paper investigates the spatial variation in subjective well-being across the United States (U.S.). We match individual-level survey data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) that includes a life satisfaction question, to county-level local amenities between 2005 and 2010. We show that subjective well-being varies widely across U.S. counties (even if these are in the same state and after controlling for individual characteristics), which suggests that housing price and wage differentials are not fully compensating for differences across locations. We also show that local amenities including climate, geography, environmental externalities, and other local public goods, explain a sizable fraction of this variation.

Keywords: Subjective well-being, Life satisfaction, Regional variation, Local amenities, Spatial equilibrium

JEL Classification: I31,Q50

Suggested Citation

Ahmadiani, Mona and Ferreira, Susana, Environmental Amenities and Quality of Life Across the United States (January 27, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2906885 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2906885

Mona Ahmadiani (Contact Author)

University of Georgia - Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics ( email )

Susana Ferreira

University of Georgia ( email )

Athens, GA 30602-6254
United States

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