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Regional Development and the Quality of Life: The Impacts of New Urban Centers on Life Satisfaction

Lee, Byung-Ho 1 Kim, Ga-Yeon 2 Mingean Park 3

1아주대학교
2경기연구원
3한국개발연구원국제정책대학원대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study aims to explicate the impacts of regional development on resident’s quality of life, considering spatial autocorrelation. We employ several spatial quantitative methods such as local Moran’s I analysis, spatially weighted regression (SWR), and LISA analysis to identify the patterns and significance of spatial clustering centered around new urban centers. As an empirical case study, we analyze a large-scale household survey microdata obtained from a survey of quality of life conducted in 2016 to the residents of Gyeonggi Province comprising Seoul Capital Area. The results indicate that the average level of quality of life, measured by a person’s life satisfaction, in new urban centers is significantly higher compared with other areas. Further, as the LISA map shows, spatial heterogeneity between new urban centers and their adjacent areas are conspicuous and significant. This implies that developing a new urban center may lower the level of life satisfaction for those who stay outside. If so, relative deprivation thesis can account for such unintended consequences.

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