Estimating spatial differences in the Brazilian cost of living with household location choices

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This paper uses a model of optimal household residential decisions to construct a comprehensive "true" spatial cost of living index with readily available Brazilian census data. We find evidence of a decreasing or U-shaped relationship (differing with education level and region) between the cost of living and urbanization, suggesting that both market disintegration and congestion play roles in raising costs. Controlling for spatial differences in the cost of living is shown to have important consequences for the determinants of poverty and (contrary to many previous results) to increase income inequality. © 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Timmins, C

Published Date

  • June 1, 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 80 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 59 - 83

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0304-3878

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jdeveco.2005.02.006

Citation Source

  • Scopus