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About time: Daylight Saving Time transition and individual well-being

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  • Kountouris, Yiannis
  • Remoundou, Kyriaki

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Daylight Saving Time is controversial due to its alleged negative impact on individual well-being. Using panel data from Germany we find evidence that the transition to summer time has negative influence on general life satisfaction and mood, which is stronger for those in full time employment.

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  • Kountouris, Yiannis & Remoundou, Kyriaki, 2014. "About time: Daylight Saving Time transition and individual well-being," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 122(1), pages 100-103.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:122:y:2014:i:1:p:100-103
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2013.10.032
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    Keywords

    Daylight Saving Time; Life satisfaction; Well-being;
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    JEL classification:

    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
    • Q48 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Government Policy

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