What Women Want: Gender Differences in the Quality of Life and Preferences for Location-specific Amenities Across Cities, presented by Amanda Weinstein, assistant professor of economics, University of Akron, and coauthored by C. Lockwood Reynolds.
The quality of life literature highlighted the importance of natural and consumption amenities in household preferences for cities to spur economic growth. As policymakers look to invest scarce resources in specific local amenities, they may be missing an important perspective, what women want. As women’s labor force participation and wages have increased and as women wait longer to get married, their relative control over household resources and household decision-making has likely increased.
Furthermore, the literature on household bargaining provides evidence of gender differences in preferences over spending even within households. However, the quality of life literature does not seem to make any such distinction along gender lines.
Thus, we separately estimate for unmarried men and women the quality of life across U.S. cities. Our results suggest that city valuations by men and women are correlated, suggesting some commonality in preferences for location-based amenities, but there are also significant deviations in the valuations of some cities. We find men and women do have common preferences for some amenities such as natural amenities, but that there are meaningful differences in preferences across gender lines especially for some public goods.
Amanda Weinstein is an assistant professor of economics, whose research fields include urban and regional economics, applied econometrics, environmental and energy economics, labor economics and microeconomics. She holds a PhD from the Ohio State University.
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