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Urban Land Use Fragmentation and Human Well-Being

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Christine Bertram, Jan Goebel, Christian Krekel, Katrin Rehdanz

In: Land Economics 98 (2022), 2, S. 399-420


We study how land use fragmentation affects the life satisfaction of city dwellers. To this end, we calculate fragmentation metrics based on exact geographical coordinates of land use from the European Urban Atlas and of households from the German Socio-Economic Panel. Using ordinary least squares and fixed effects specifications, we find little effect on life satisfaction when aggregating over land use types. When looking at particular types, however, we find that life satisfaction is positively affected by lower average degrees of soil sealing, larger shares of vegetation, and more heterogeneous configurations of medium-and low-density urban fabric, especially in areas with higher population density.

Jan Goebel

Board of Directors SOEP and Division Head Data Operation and Research Data Center in the German Socio-Economic Panel study Department