The role of urban green space for human well-being

Bertram, Christine and Rehdanz, Katrin (2015) The role of urban green space for human well-being Ecological Economics, 120 . pp. 139-152.

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Most people in Europe live in urban environments. For these people, urban green space is an important element of well-being, but it is often in short supply. We use self-reported information on life satisfaction and two individual green space measures to explore how urban green space affects the well-being of the residents of Berlin, the capital city of Germany. We combine spatially explicit survey data with spatially highly disaggregated GIS data on urban green space. We observe a significant, inverted U-shaped effect of the amount of and distance to urban green space on life satisfaction. According to our results, the amount of green space in a 1 km buffer that leads to the largest positive effect on life satisfaction is 35 ha or 11% of the buffer area. In our sample, 75% of the respondents have less green space available. (C) 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Document Type: Article
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Research affiliation: Kiel University
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0921-8009
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2016 11:02
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2017 09:40

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