Apr 13, 2012

The Urbanist: are inner-city residents bad for the environment?

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I’ve written before about understanding the importance of selection bias before attributing significant behavioural influences to the physical environment. More often than not, it’s the characteristics of the people that explain more about their behaviour than the type of neighbourhood or housing they live in.

The Australian Conservation Foundation’s well-known Consumption Atlas illustrates this point well. The ACF estimated the per capita environmental impacts of household consumption at the statistical local area level by matching household expenditure patterns with an input-output analysis for various categories of goods and services.

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