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The Life Satisfaction Approach to Environmental Valuation

Bruno Frey, Simon Luechinger and Alois Stutzer

No 4478, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: In many countries environmental policies and regulations are implemented to improve environmental quality and thus individuals' well-being. However, how do individuals value the environment? In this paper, we review the Life Satisfaction Approach (LSA) representing a new non-market valuation technique. The LSA builds on the recent development of subjective well-being research in economics and takes measures of reported life satisfaction as an empirical approximation to individual welfare. Micro-econometric life satisfaction functions are estimated taking into account environmental conditions along with income and other covariates. The estimated coefficients for the environmental good and income can then be used to calculate the implicit willingness-to-pay for the environmental good.

Keywords: life satisfaction approach; subjective well-being; non-market valuation; cost-benefit analysis; air pollution (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D61 I31 Q51 Q53 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 31 pages
Date: 2009-10
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-agr, nep-env, nep-hap, nep-ltv and nep-res
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Published - published in: Annual Review of Resource Economics, 2010, 2, 139-160

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