Wellbeing and place: Nature vs city


Okulicz-Kozaryn, Adam (2014). Wellbeing and place: Nature vs city. 2014 Add Health Users Conference. Bethesda, MD.


I study the effect of urban and natural environment on subjective wellbeing. Urban environment is measured with a survey question about size (population) of a place, but I also plan to use ecological or environmental data about socio-demographic characteristics of the place. Subjective wellbeing is measured either with happiness/life satisfaction item or a depression scale (depending on the wave), but I also plan to use other variables capturing mental health or wellbeing. I expect to find that people are most happy in small, natural areas and least happy in the biggest cities. This is the finding in the extant literature, but I am not familiar with any studies using Add Health or any other panel data to investigate this relationship. I will use a longitudinal design and possibly a multilevel model.



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Conference proceeding

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2014 Add Health Users Conference


Okulicz-Kozaryn, Adam

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Bethesda, MD

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