The author wishes to thank the Jerome Levy Economics Institute for its financial support. ABSTRACT' Rankings of urban areas provide useful information to planning recreational or tourism activities, making housing-locational decisions, and designing policies to attract industries. This paper illustrates how the structural approach to hedonic equilibrium models can be used to derive a quality of life based ranking of urban areas. I. Introduction. An interregional and/or interurban comparison is a useful information for all types of decision makers. Consumers consider amenity factors as well as employment opportunities and cost o
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