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Consumption, Happiness, and Climate Change


Mark A. Cohen


Vanderbilt University - Owen Graduate School of Management; Vanderbilt University - Law School; Resources for the Future

Michael P. Vandenbergh


Vanderbilt University - Law School


RFF Discussion Paper No. 08-39
Environmental Law Reporter, Vol. 38, December 2008
Vanderbilt Law and Economics Research Paper No. 08-29
Vanderbilt Public Law Research Paper No. 08-54

Abstract:     
In this article, we explore the implications of this literature for understanding the relationship between climate change policies and consumption. We identify a number of ways in which accounting for the implications of the new happiness literature could lead to laws and policies that influence consumption in ways that increase the prospects for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in developed and developing countries. We do not examine every nuance of the growing happiness literature, but we provide a brief introduction and observations that we hope will stimulate further efforts by academicians and policymakers.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 5

Keywords: happiness, life satisfaction, subjective well-being

JEL Classification: Q54, I31, D31

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Date posted: November 9, 2008 ; Last revised: November 19, 2012

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Cohen, Mark A. and Vandenbergh, Michael P., Consumption, Happiness, and Climate Change. RFF Discussion Paper No. 08-39; Environmental Law Reporter, Vol. 38, December 2008; Vanderbilt Law and Economics Research Paper No. 08-29; Vanderbilt Public Law Research Paper No. 08-54. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1288638

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Michael P. Vandenbergh
Vanderbilt University - Law School ( email )
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Nashville, TN 37203-1181
United States
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