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Wages, Rents, Unemployment, and the Quality of Life

Matthias Wrede ()

ERSA conference papers from European Regional Science Association

Abstract: Combining a spatial equilibrium model with a search-matching unemployment model, this paper analyzes the willingness to pay for regional amenities and the regional quality of life when wages, rents, and unemployment risk compensate for local amenities and disamenities. The results are compared with those obtained from the Rosen-Roback approach. Furthermore, the paper shows that the wage curve is negatively sloped for quasi-linear utility. Specifically, the wage rate increases and the unemployment ratio decreases in response to an increase in the amenity level if the amenity is marginally more beneficial to producers than to consumers. As an illustration of the unemployment-adjusted quality-of-life measure, the quality of life in West German counties is estimated.

JEL-codes: R12 R13 R14 H73 J61 J64 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013-11
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