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Do Geographical Variations In Climate Influence Life-Satisfaction?


    (Department of Economics, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston B15 2TT, UK)



    (Department of Economics, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston B15 2TT, UK)


    (Department of Economics, Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel, Olshausenstrasse 40, 24118 Kiel, Germany; Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Hindenburgufer 66, 24105 Kiel, Germany)

Accounting for socioeconomic and demographic variables, as well as country-specific effects, households' marginal willingness to pay for climate is revealed using European data on life-satisfaction. Individuals located in areas with lower average levels of sunshine and higher average levels of relative humidity are less satisfied as are individuals in locations subject to significant seasonal variation in monthly mean temperatures and rain days. Ranking regions by climate households appear strongly to favor the Mediterranean climate over the climate of Northern Europe.

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Article provided by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. in its journal Climate Change Economics.

Volume (Year): 04 (2013)
Issue (Month): 01 ()
Pages: 1350004-1-1350004-21

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