A spatial econometric analysis of well-being using a geographical information systems approach

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dc.contributor.author Brereton, Finbarr
dc.contributor.author Clinch, J. Peter
dc.contributor.author Ferreira, S. (Susana)
dc.date.accessioned 2009-02-23T15:01:16Z
dc.date.available 2009-02-23T15:01:16Z
dc.date.copyright Copyright Finbarr Brereton, J. Peter Clinch, and Susana Ferreira (2006) en
dc.date.issued 2006-07
dc.identifier.issn 1649-5586
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10197/889
dc.description.abstract In recent years, economists have being using socio-economic and socio-demographic characteristics to explain self-reported individual happiness or satisfaction with life. Using Geographical Information Systems (GIS), we employ data disaggregated at the individual and local level to show that while these variables are important, consideration of amenities such as climate, environmental and urban conditions is critical when analyzing subjective wellbeing. Location-specific factors are shown to have a direct impact on life satisfaction. Most importantly, however, the explanatory power of our happiness function substantially increases when the spatial variables are included, highlighting the importance of the role of the spatial dimension in determining well-being. This may have potentially important implications for setting priorities for public policy as, in essence, improving well-being could be considered to be the ultimate goal of public policy. en
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dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Dublin. Planning and Enviornmental Policy en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Planning and Environmental Policy Research Series en
dc.relation.ispartofseries PEP/06/04 en
dc.relation.uri Happiness, geography and the environment (2008) en
dc.relation.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10197/885 en
dc.subject Subjective well-being en
dc.subject Spatial amenities en
dc.subject Geography en
dc.subject Environment en
dc.subject Geographical information systems en
dc.subject.lcsh Well-being en
dc.subject.lcsh Geographic information systems en
dc.subject.lcsh Urban ecology (Sociology) en
dc.subject.lcsh Human beings--Effect of environment on en
dc.title A spatial econometric analysis of well-being using a geographical information systems approach en
dc.type Working Paper en
dc.internal.authorurl Finbarr Brereton (web page) en
dc.internal.authorurl http://www.ucd.ie/research/people/urbaninstitute/drfinbarrbrereton/ en
dc.internal.authorurl J. Peter Clinch (web page) en
dc.internal.authorurl http://www.ucd.ie/research/people/geogplanningenvpolicy/professorpeterclinch/ en
dc.internal.authorurl S. (Susana) Ferreira (web page) en
dc.internal.authorurl http://www.ucd.ie/research/people/geogplanningenvpolicy/drsusanaferreira/ en
dc.internal.authorid UCD0029 en
dc.internal.authorid UCD0035 en
dc.internal.authorid UCD0028 en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.internal.webversions Publisher's version en
dc.internal.webversions http://www.ucd.ie/gpep/gpepinfo/06_04.pdf en
dc.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.neeo.contributor Brereton|Finbarr|aut|UCD0029
dc.neeo.contributor Clinch|J. Peter|aut|UCD0035
dc.neeo.contributor Ferreira|S. (Susana)|aut|UCD0028


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