Induced Transnational Preference Change: Fukushima and Nuclear Power in Europe

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Heinz Welsch

University of Oldenburg; ZenTra - Center for Transnational Studies

Philipp Biermann

University of Oldenburg - Economic Theory

Date Written: December 19, 2013

Abstract

We test whether the relationship between subjective well-being (SWB) of European citizens and the structure of electricity supply has changed after the Fukushima nuclear accident of March 11, 2011. Survey data for about 124,000 individuals in 23 European countries reveal that while European citizens’ SWB was statistically unrelated to the share of nuclear power before the Fukushima disaster, it was negatively related to the nuclear share after the disaster. Taking the relationship between SWB and the electricity supply structure as an indicator of preference, this suggests the existence of an induced transnational preference change.

Keywords: transnational preference change, subjective well-being, nuclear power, Fukushima

JEL Classification: Q42, Q54, I31

Suggested Citation

Welsch, Heinz and Biermann, Philipp, Induced Transnational Preference Change: Fukushima and Nuclear Power in Europe (December 19, 2013). ZenTra Working Paper in Transnational Studies No. 27 / 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2375819 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2375819

Heinz Welsch (Contact Author)

University of Oldenburg ( email )

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Philipp Biermann

University of Oldenburg - Economic Theory ( email )

Germany
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+49 441 798-194852 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.uni-oldenburg.de/wire/vwl/wt/philipp-biermann-ma/

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