The role of urban green space for human well-being
Christine Bertram and
No 1911, Kiel Working Papers from Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW)
Most people in Europe live in urban environments. For these people, urban green space is an important element of well-being, but it is often in short supply. We use self-reported information on life satisfaction and different individual green space measures to explore how urban green space affects the well-being of the residents of Berlin, the capital city of Germany. We combine spatially explicit survey data with spatially highly disaggregated GIS data on urban green spaces. We observe a significant, inverted U-shaped effect of the amount of and distance to urban green space on life satisfaction. According to our results, the optimal amount of green space in a 1 km buffer is 36 ha, or 11.5% of the buffer area, and 75% of the respondents have less green space available. Our results are robust to a number of robustness checks.
Keywords: life satisfaction; urban ecosystem services; urban green space; well-being (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I31 Q51 Q57 R00 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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