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Life Satisfaction and Air Quality in Europe

Alpaslan Akay, Finbarr Brereton, Juncal Cuñado (), Susana Ferreira, Peter Martinsson, Mirko Moro and Tine F Ningal

No 2013-02, Stirling Economics Discussion Papers from University of Stirling, Division of Economics

Abstract: Concerns for environmental quality and its impact on people's welfare are fundamental arguments for the adoption of environmental legislation in most countries. In this paper, we analyse the relationship between air quality and subjective well-being in Europe. We use a unique dataset that merges three waves of the European Social Survey with a new dataset on environmental quality including SO2 concentrations and climate in Europe at the regional level. We find a robust negative impact of SO2 concentrations on self-reported life satisfaction.

Keywords: GIS; European Social Survey; Europe; Life Satisfaction; Subjective Well-Being; SO2 Concentrations; Air Quality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013-02
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