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Natural amenities and the spatial distribution of Swiss income

Joséphine Leuba

No 19-04, IRENE Working Papers from IRENE Institute of Economic Research

Abstract: The present article describes how the spatial distribution of income in Switzerland is related to natural amenities. We explore the link between inequalities in Swiss municipalities and the presence of lakes, rivers, mountains, good accessibility and green amenities. By using fiscal data on average income, Gini index and density of taxpayers in different income brackets, we confirm that a larger variety of landscape is associated with larger spatial income differentials. We also show that inequalities are more pronounced within municipalities located in a particularly nice environment.

Keywords: Spatial income distribution; natural amenities; income sorting; inequality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D30 J31 J61 R12 R23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 39 pages.
Date: 2019-08
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