A Revealed Preference Approach for Ranking City Quality of Life

J. OF URBAN ECONOMICS

Posted: 4 May 1998

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Matthew E. Kahn

University of Southern California; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Abstract

This paper presents a new method for ranking city quality of life. I use data from the 1980 and the 1990 Census of Population and Housing to rank cities. My approach relaxes the standard "hedonic" method's assumptions that all city local public goods are observed and that the implicit prices of all skills and apartment attributes are equal across cities. I find that Los Angeles and San Francisco have higher quality of life than Chicago and Houston in both 1980 and 1990. I find that quality of life in New York City fell during the 1980s.

JEL Classification: J10

Suggested Citation

Kahn, Matthew E., A Revealed Preference Approach for Ranking City Quality of Life. J. OF URBAN ECONOMICS. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=9076

Matthew E. Kahn (Contact Author)

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