Urban Scale, Environmental Pollution and Subjective Well-Being of Urban Residents

Weiwei Zhang
2019 Modern Economy  
Based on the micro-data of China's household income survey and urban macro-data, this paper uses two-stage least squares (2SLS) to explore the impact of urban scale and environmental pollution on the subjective well-being of urban residents. The study found that there is a significant inverted U-shaped relationship between urban scale and subjective well-being of urban residents. Environmental pollution has a positive impact on the subjective well-being of urban residents. Due to the existence
more » ... e to the existence of urban scale thresholds, only 46 small cities such as Qingyuan, Jincheng, Shangqiu, Fuxin, Changde and Qujing are not sensitive to environmental pollution. For first-tier and second-tier cities, urban scale and subjective well-being of urban residents are significantly positive. U-type relationship, environmental pollution has a significant negative impact on residents' subjective well-being, but due to the "urban scale threshold" effect, urban residents in big cities such as Beijing and Chongqing are not sensitive to environmental pollution caused by urban expansion.
doi:10.4236/me.2019.102030 fatcat:jmps3foebfeyvcf5s4fojuidwi