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Climate and Happiness in the Tropics

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  • Arief Yusuf
  • Martin Daniel Siyaranamual
  • Aisyah Amatul Ghina
  • Megananda Suryana

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Despite the increasing number of studies on self-reported happiness, due to data availability, only a few studies from developing countries exist. Moreover, even though climate is among the most important input to human activities, only a handfull of studies explicitly associate it with self-reported wellbeing. This paper combines a survey of 17,000 individuals representing 85% of Indonesian population and GIS data on local climate to establish a causation between climate variables (temperature and rainfalls) on individual subjective well-being. We found that happiness is not associated with temperature, as expected because tropical country like Indonesia does not have much temperature variation. However, rainfall is found to significantly associated with self-reported happiness. We found that the relationship is not linear, where higher rainfall is associated with more happiness but it reduces it after some point. Policy implications are discussed.

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  • Arief Yusuf & Martin Daniel Siyaranamual & Aisyah Amatul Ghina & Megananda Suryana, 2016. "Climate and Happiness in the Tropics," ERSA conference papers ersa16p165, European Regional Science Association.
  • Handle: RePEc:wiw:wiwrsa:ersa16p165
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    Keywords

    climate; subjective-well-being; happiness; Indonesia;
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    JEL classification:

    • R19 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Other
    • Q29 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Other

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