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Natural Disaster, Policy Action, and Mental Well-Being: The Case of Fukushima

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  • Goebel, Jan

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    (DIW Berlin)

  • Krekel, Christian

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    (DIW Berlin)

  • Tiefenbach, Tim

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    (German Institute for Japanese Studies)

  • Ziebarth, Nicolas R.

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    (Cornell University)

Abstract

We study the impact of the Fukushima disaster on people's mental well‐being in another industrialized country, more than 5000 miles distant. The meltdown significantly increased environmental concerns by 20% among the German population. Subsequent drastic policy action permanently shut down the oldest nuclear reactors, implemented the phase‐out of the remaining ones, and proclaimed the transition to renewables. This energy policy turnaround is largely supported by the population and equalized the increase in mental distress. We estimate that during the 3 months after the meltdown, Fukushima triggered external monetized health costs worth €250 per distressed citizen – particularly among risk averse women.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 7691.

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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2013
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp7691

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Keywords: Fukushima; meltdown; nuclear phase‐out; mental health; environmental worries; SOEP;

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  1. Eiji Yamamura & Yoshiro Tsutsui & Chisako Yamane & Shoko Yamane, 2014. "Effect of major disasters on geographical mobility intentions: the case of the Fukushima nuclear accident," ISER Discussion Paper 0903, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University.
  2. Eiji Yamamura & Yoshiro Tsutsui & Chisako Yamane & Shoko Yamane & Nattavudh Powdthavee, 2014. "Trust and Happiness: Comparative Study Before and After the Great East Japan Earthquake," ISER Discussion Paper 0904, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University.
  3. Adrian Chadi, 2014. "Dissatisfied with Life or with Being Interviewed? Happiness and Motivation to Participate in a Survey," IAAEU Discussion Papers 201403, Institute of Labour Law and Industrial Relations in the European Union (IAAEU).
  4. Heinz Welsch & Susana Ferreira, 2014. "Environment, Well-Being, and Experienced Preference," Working Papers v-367-14, University of Oldenburg, Department of Economics, revised May 2014.

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