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Do Geographical Variations in Climate Influence Life Satisfaction?

  • Thomas Murray
  • David Maddison
  • Katrin Rehdanz

Accounting for socioeconomic and demographic variables as well as country specific effects, households’ willingness to pay for changes in climate is revealed using European data on reported 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 according to the preferred climates households appear strongly to favour the Mediterranean climate over the climate of Northern Europe

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Paper provided by Kiel Institute for the World Economy in its series Kiel Working Papers with number 1694.

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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2011
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