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Life Satisfaction and Air Quality in Europe

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  • Ferreira, Susana

    ()
    (University of Georgia)

  • Akay, Alpaslan

    ()
    (University of Gothenburg)

  • Brereton, Finbarr

    ()
    (University College Dublin)

  • Cuñado, Juncal

    ()
    (University of Navarra)

  • Martinsson, Peter

    ()
    (University of Gothenburg)

  • Moro, Mirko

    ()
    (University of Stirling)

Abstract

Concerns for environmental quality and its impact on people's welfare are fundamental arguments for the adoption of environmental legislation in most countries. In this paper, we analyse the relationship between air quality and subjective well-being in Europe. We use a unique dataset that merges three waves of the European Social Survey with a new dataset on environmental quality including SO2 concentrations and climate in Europe at the regional level. We find a robust negative impact of SO2 concentrations on self-reported life satisfaction.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6732.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2012
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Publication status: published in: Ecological Economics, 2013, 88, 1-10
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp6732

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Keywords: life satisfaction; subjective well-being; SO2 concentrations; air quality; European Social Survey; Europe; GIS;

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  1. Piper, Alan T., 2013. "Europe’s capital cities and the happiness penalty: an investigation using the European Social Survey," MPRA Paper 47793, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Li, Zhengtao & Folmer, Henk & Xue, Jianhong, 2014. "To what extent does air pollution affect happiness? The case of the Jinchuan mining area, China," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 99(C), pages 88-99.
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  5. Yonas Alem & Jonathan Colmer, 2013. "Don’t Worry, Be Happy: The Welfare Cost of Climate Variability – A Subjective Well-Being Approach," Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment Working Papers, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment 118, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.
  6. Christine Bertram & Katrin Rehdanz, 2014. "The role of urban green space for human well-being," Kiel Working Papers 1911, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.

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