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Subjective well-being in rural and urban areas under the COVID-19 crisis in France

Abstract

The difference between urban and rural areas, in terms of standard of living and subjective well-being, is still being debated. If, on one hand, cities offer higher job opportunities, leisure activities and cultural events, on the other hand, they are characterised by higher cost of living, higher levels of pollution and greater wealth inequality. Thus, existing evidence is inconsistent and heterogeneous across time and countries. In early 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic caused a global health crisis, infecting more than 210 million people and claiming more than 4 million lives in a couple of years (Worldometer, 2021). France was one of the first countries implementing measures to keep physical distance between individuals. Since public spaces were closed for a long time, the COVID pandemic, requiring everyone to be locked down at home, might have exacerbated the impact of living spaces on individuals’ quality of life by widening urban–rural differences in subjective well-being.

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Sociology

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hal-04103595 , version 1 (23-05-2023)

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Marta Pasqualini. Subjective well-being in rural and urban areas under the COVID-19 crisis in France. Rural quality of life, Manchester University Press, 505 p., 2023, 9781526161642. ⟨10.7765/9781526161642.00034⟩. ⟨hal-04103595⟩
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