(Un)Happiness, where are you? Evaluating the relationship between urbanity, life Satisfaction and economic development in a regional context

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dc.contributor.author Weckroth, Mikko
dc.contributor.author Kemppainen, Teemu
dc.date.accessioned 2021-06-10T08:52:01Z
dc.date.available 2021-06-10T08:52:01Z
dc.date.issued 2021-01-01
dc.identifier.citation Weckroth , M & Kemppainen , T 2021 , ' (Un)Happiness, where are you? Evaluating the relationship between urbanity, life Satisfaction and economic development in a regional context ' , Regional Studies, Regional Science , vol. 8 , no. 1 , pp. 207-227 . https://doi.org/10.1080/21681376.2021.1925146
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dc.identifier.other WOS: 000657127800001
dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0002-1697-2125/work/95320202
dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0002-0450-4439/work/95320217
dc.identifier.other Scopus: 85107223281
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/330818
dc.description.abstract Prior literature suggests that, among the so-called 'developed economies', residing in urban contexts is associated with lower life satisfaction. Using data from the European Social Survey (ESS) and Eurostat, we contribute to this literature by focusing on three different indicators of urbanity (subjective domicile, population density and living in a dominant urban region) in a multilevel modelling context in order to define where exactly the relatively lower life satisfaction can be found. Moreover, we account for the level of economic development at both regional and national levels. The results show that subjective domicile is strongly associated with life satisfaction, whereas regional gross domestic product (GDP) and other urbanity indicators are insignificant. Our results also highlight the relatively higher life satisfaction in rural surroundings in more developed countries. We conclude by noting that future contributions to the literature on urban-rural life satisfaction differences should utilize panel data, making it possible to address the spatial sorting versus contextual effects debate, and focus on investigating the higher level determinants at the country level that define the existence of urban-rural differences in life satisfaction within a country. en
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Regional Studies, Regional Science
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dc.rights.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject 519 Social and economic geography
dc.title (Un)Happiness, where are you? Evaluating the relationship between urbanity, life Satisfaction and economic development in a regional context en
dc.type Article
dc.contributor.organization Ecosystems and Environment Research Programme
dc.contributor.organization Helsinki Inequality Initiative (INEQ)
dc.contributor.organization Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
dc.contributor.organization Department of Geosciences and Geography
dc.description.reviewstatus Peer reviewed
dc.relation.doi https://doi.org/10.1080/21681376.2021.1925146
dc.relation.issn 2168-1376
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