49 Pages Posted: 30 Nov 2012
Date Written: November 2012
We investigate the impact of short-term weather and long-term climate on self-reported life satisfaction using panel data. We find robust evidence that day-to-day weather variation impacts life satisfaction by a similar magnitude to acquiring a mild disability. Utilizing two sources of variation in the cognitive complexity of satisfaction questions, we present evidence that weather bias arises because of the cognitive challenge of reporting life satisfaction. Consistent with past studies, we detect a relationship between long-term climate and life satisfaction without individual fixed effects. This relationship is not robust to individual fixed effects, suggesting climate does not directly influence life satisfaction.
JEL Classification: Q51, C23, C81, C83
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Feddersen, John and Metcalfe, Robert D. and Wooden, Mark, Subjective Well-Being: Weather Matters; Climate Doesn't (November 2012). Melbourne Institute Working Paper No. 25. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2182862 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2182862