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The Happiness Function in Italian Cities

Cristina Bernini () and Alessandro Tampieri ()
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Cristina Bernini: University of Bologna

CREA Discussion Paper Series from Center for Research in Economic Analysis, University of Luxembourg

Abstract: We investigate how the city of residence influences subjective well-being. We build up a happiness function that considers city characteristics as determinants of well-being, and we combine individual and city level data through a multi-level analysis. We exploit the dataset HADL on Italian metropolitan area over the period 2010 to 2013. We find a strong variability across cities of the aspects of life that explain subjective well-being. Even accounting for a rich set of individual level variables, the location retains a role in shaping life satisfaction. Surprisingly, economic and familiar aspects explain happiness more at city level than at individual level.

Keywords: Subjective well-being; happiness function; metropolitan area; multilevel models; city amenities. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I31 R10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eur, nep-geo, nep-hap, nep-ltv and nep-ure
Date: 2017
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