Climate and Individual Well-being
AbstractThis paper investigates the influence of climate on well-being. While previous studies have compared the well-being of people living in different regions, this study focuses on individuals in one location. It is based on the daily data of 75 students for more than 400 days. Empirical analysis reveals that well-being is maximized at 17.5 degrees Celsius. The effects of the other meteorological variables--humidity, wind speed, sunshine hours, and precipitation--are not significant. However, the influence of temperature is weak and depends on the definition of well-being, a result that may be due to the mild climate of the Osaka region in Japan.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Osaka University, Graduate School of Economics and Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) in its series Discussion Papers in Economics and Business with number 11-01.
Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2011
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global well-being; hedonic well-being; climate; daily web survey; Osaka region;
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- NEP-ALL-2011-01-30 (All new papers)
- NEP-ENE-2011-01-30 (Energy Economics)
- NEP-ENV-2011-01-30 (Environmental Economics)
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