Quality of life (QOL) focuses on the wellbeing of people in a community. When studied through the lens of economics, QOL may include measures of local GDP, employment, income, education, health, housing, transportation, amenities, and/or environment.

How does QOL affect a community? We find that higher quality of life in a community helps to attract and retain residents and businesses alike.

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Downtown Muncie, Indiana


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John C. Austin, MPA - Brookings Metro & Michigan Economic Center

John C. Austin, MPA 
Brookings Metro
& Michigan Economic Center

Amanda L. Weinstein, PhD - The University of Akron Dept. of Economics

Amanda L. Weinstein, PhD 
The University of Akron

Michael J. Hicks, PhD - Ball State University CBER

Michael J. Hicks, PhD 
Ball State University – CBER

Emily J. Wornell, PhD - Ball State University ICI and CLASP

Emily J. Wornell, PhD 
Ball State University – ICI & CLASP

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Indiana Communities Institute - Basic Economic Development Course for IndianaThrough the ICI Academy, the Indiana Communities Institute offers a variety of seminars, training opportunities, and instructional resources related to quality of life and community growth. The practical coursework builds upon current research, helping your community address modern planning and development challenges in pursuit of building stronger, more sustainable neighborhoods, towns, cities, counties, and regions.

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