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The Fukushima Accident and Policy Implications: Notes on Public Perception in Germany

  • Felix Richter


    (Chair for Economic Policy, University of Hamburg)

  • Malte Steenbeck


    (Chair for Economic Policy, University of Hamburg)

  • Markus Wilhelm


    (Chair for Economic Policy, University of Hamburg)

Major nuclear accidents as recently in Fukushima set nuclear power plant security at the top of the public agenda. Using data of the German Socio-Economic Panel we analyze the effects of the Fukushima accident and a subsequent government decision on nuclear power phase-out on several measures of subjective perception in Germany. We find that the Fukushima accident increases the probability to report greater worries about the environment. Furthermore, we find evidence for a decrease in the probability to be very worried about the security of nuclear power plants following the government's resolution on nuclear phase-out. Finally we find that the probabilities of reporting very high concerns are related to the distance between the respondents' place of residence and the nearest nuclear power station.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: 19 Jan 2015
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Publication status: Published in Hamburg Contemporary Economic Discussions, Issue 45, 2014
Handle: RePEc:hce:wpaper:045
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