Life Satisfaction and Air Quality in Europe

27 Pages Posted: 21 Jul 2012

See all articles by Susana Ferreira

Susana Ferreira

University of Georgia

Alpaslan Akay

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Finbarr Brereton

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Juncal Cunado

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Peter Martinsson

Göteborg University - Department of Economics and Statistics

Mirko Moro

University of Stirling

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: air quality, SO2 concentrations, subjective well-being, life satisfaction, Europe, European Social Survey, GIS

JEL Classification: I31, Q51, Q53, Q54

Suggested Citation

Ferreira, Susana and Akay, Alpaslan and Brereton, Finbarr and Cunado, Juncal and Martinsson, Peter and Moro, Mirko, Life Satisfaction and Air Quality in Europe. IZA Discussion Paper No. 6732. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2114912

Susana Ferreira (Contact Author)

University of Georgia ( email )

Athens, GA 30602-6254
United States

Alpaslan Akay

IZA Institute of Labor Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Finbarr Brereton

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Juncal Cunado

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Peter Martinsson

Göteborg University - Department of Economics and Statistics ( email )

Box 640
Vasagatan 1, E-building, floor 5 & 6
Göteborg, 40530
Sweden

Mirko Moro

University of Stirling

Stirling, Scotland FK9 4LA
United Kingdom

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