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For whom are cities good places to live?

Fredrik Carlsen () and Stefan Leknes ()
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Fredrik Carlsen: Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Stefan Leknes: Research Department, Statistics Norway

Working Paper Series from Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Abstract: In this paper, we use survey data to examine heterogeneity in the urban gradient of subjective well-being. Are some sociodemographic groups more satisfied in cities than others? We find that young, single and childless persons with high income and education generally report higher levels of satisfaction in Norway’s largest city, Oslo, compared to the rest of the country. These results may shed light on why the received literature has produced mixed results, as the sociodemographic composition of city populations, as well as the surveys used to estimate urban gradients in subjective well-being, may vary.

Keywords: Subjective well-being; life satisfaction; place satisfaction; cities; sociodemographics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I31 J10 R23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 35 pages
Date: 2021-05-04
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