Urban environment quality and its impact on socio-economic development

Economic Annals-ХХI: Volume 180, Issue 11-12, Pages: 155-164

Citation information:
Polyakova, T., & Tsurik, T. (2019). Urban environment quality and its impact on socio-economic development. Economic Annals-XXI, 180(11-12), 155-164. doi: https://doi.org/10.21003/ea.V180-17

Tatyana Polyakova
PhD (Economics),
Associate Professor,
Department of Finance and Credit,
Faculty of Economics and Management,
Southwest State University
94, 50 Let Oktyabrya Str., Kursk, 305040, Russia
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2515-798X

Tatyana Tsurik
PhD (Cultural Studies),
Associate Professor,
Department of Architecture, Town Planning and Graphics,
Faculty of Construction and Architecture,
Southwest State University
94, 50 Let Oktyabrya Str., Kursk, 305040, Russia
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9767-3505

Urban environment quality and its impact on socio-economic development

Abstract. An important indicator of life quality, the urban environment, largely determines the comfort of life for the population and business. The state of post-socialist European cities testifies to the problems of the urban environment which have economic and social nature. The authors identify two groups of factors that determine urban environment quality and analyze advantages and disadvantages inherent in various methods of assessing it. The object of the analysis was a group of large Russian cities – regional capitals with the population from 250 thousand to 1 million people (except cities with extreme climate). Various indicators of the urban environment quality (2018-2019) and a number of indicators of socio-economic development (2013-2015, 2018) were taken into account.

The research is aimed at identifying the relationship between the parameters of socio-economic development of the city and the region with the urban environment quality. The dependence between the urban environment quality and the level of the city budget income per capita has been determined, which allowed us to divide the analyzed cities into groups.

Based on the results of our study, the recommendations have been formulated to address current urban issues and improve the living standards of citizens. The authors propose to use in post-socialist European countries an integrated urban quality assessment methodology that includes both objective methods based on statistical data and subjective methods derived from expert evaluations and population surveys and involving citizens in the urban debate.

Keywords: City; Urban Environment Quality; Urbanization; Urban Sustainability Factors; Urban Environment Quality Index; City Budget; Municipal Budget

JEL Classification: R58

Acknowledgments and Funding: We are grateful to the university management and the Rector of The Southwest State University (SWSU) for assistance in preparing this article

Contribution: Tatyana Polyakova has analyzed the relationship between the urban environment quality and indicators of socio-economic development; Tatyana Tsurik has carried out the analysis of problems of urban development in the post-socialist urbanization and ways to improve urban environment quality.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.21003/ea.V180-17


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