Abstract

This paper seeks to quantify the impacts of climate, crime, population density, and travel time on median hourly wage in urban areas using the hedonic approach. In accordance with theory of utility equalization across urban areas, worker ski11level, job composition, and intercity cost of living differences are held constant. This study's sample size consists of thirty-one metropolitan statistical areas in the continental U.S. with a population greater than five hundred thousand. Results support a significant impact ofurban amenities on wages.

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