A New Way of Monitoring the Quality of Urban Life


  • WIDER Working Paper Series


  • A growing number of cities around the world have established systems of monitoring the quality of urban life. Many of those systems combine objective and subjective information and attempt to cover a wide variety of topics. This paper introduces a simple method that takes advantage of both types of information and provides criteria to identify and rank the issues of potential importance for urban dwellers. The method combines the so-called ‘hedonic price’ and ‘life satisfaction’ approaches to value public goods. Pilot case results for six Latin American cities are summarized and policy applications are discussed.

fecha de publicación

  • 2011

Líneas de investigación

  • Hedonic Price Method
  • Latin America
  • Life
  • Public Goods
  • Quality of Life
  • Urban Economics


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