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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Life satisfaction and air quality in Europe
Author(s): Ferreira, Susana
Akay, Alpaslan
Brereton, Finbarr
Cunado, Juncal
Martinsson, Peter
Moro, Mirko
Ningal, Tine F
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Keywords: Air quality
SO2 concentrations
Subjective well-being
Life satisfaction
European Social Survey
Environmental sciences
Endangered ecosystems
Issue Date: Apr-2013
Date Deposited: 10-Apr-2013
Citation: Ferreira S, Akay A, Brereton F, Cunado J, Martinsson P, Moro M & Ningal TF (2013) Life satisfaction and air quality in Europe. Ecological Economics, 88, pp. 1-10.
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 analyze 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.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2012.12.027
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