Developing an urban barometer

Antonio Cañamas
Fabrice Murtin

March 19, 2019, 11:45 a.m.
Room D (Chateau)

If cities are to perform their role as spaces for promoting socioeconomic mobility, then policy makers need to better understand how the benefits of living and working in them are distributed across different groups within the urban area.

With this objective in mind, the OECD is working to develop an urban barometer, using digital technologies to engage with citizens and provide evidence on subjective aspects of wellbeing that can guide policy makers in designing policies that best address citizens’ needs.

It aims to help fill the current data gap by collecting data on subjective well-being and service satisfaction at a very granular level, which is rarely available to local authorities. A first pilot of the initiative was conducted with Sciences Po Policy Innovation Lab, the Mairie de Paris and Facebook Paris. The metropolitan area of this pilot involved four arrondissements and five municipalities in the suburbs of Paris.

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Developing an urban barometer (Antonio Cañamas and Fabrice Murtin, OECD, France) from mysociety