Okulicz-Kozaryn, Adam & Valente, Rubia R. (2018). Livability and Subjective Wellbeing Across European Cities. Applied Research in Quality of Life, 1-24. Retrieved from https://doi.org/doi:10.7282/T3CF9T5K
AbstractThis study documents for the first time the correlation between livability and subjective well
being (SWB) across European cities. Livability is measured with the popular Mercer Quality of
Living Survey and correlates considerably with SWB, measured as place and life satisfactions.
There are outliers, for instance: the “unlivable” but “happy” Belfast (fool’s paradise) and the
“livable,” but “unhappy” Paris (fool’s hell). In addition, we find geographic patterns: while
the Mercer index ranks higher Western cities, subjective well being is higher in Northern cities.
Smaller cities score higher on both livability and SWB, confirming thus the urban sociological
theory of urban malaise while contradicting urban economic theory of city triumph.
SubjectsSatisfaction, Happiness, Subjective well being, Quality of life, Urban quality of life, Cities, City rankings, Livability, Best places to live, Mercer, Economic theory, Utility
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