Regional cost-of-living differences affect the quality of life that individuals and families experience in different metropolitan areas. Yet, lack of metropolitan cost-of-living indexes has left analysts without the ability to make accurate cost-of-living adjustments to measures of economic wellbeing. This paper evaluates alternative approaches to cost-of-living measurement and then applies the ACCRA cost-of-living index to various US metropolitan area datasets, including median household income, the number of people living in poverty, and family eligibility for the Free and Reduced Price School Lunch and Head Start programes to illustrate some of the policy impacts of adjusting economic indicators of wellbeing for geographical cost-of-living differentials.
Curran, Leah Beth; Wohlman, Harold L.; Hill, Edward W.; and Furdell, Kimberly, "Economic Wellbeing and Where We Live: Accounting for Geographical Cost-of-Living Differences in the US" (2006). Urban Publications. 0 1 2 3 76.
Curran, L. B., Wolman, H., Hill, E. W., & Furdell, K. (2006). Economic Wellbeing and Where We Live: Accounting for Geographical Cost-of-living Differences in the US. Urban Studies, 43(13), 2443-2466.
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