Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/18116
Authors: 
Welsch, Heinz
Year of Publication: 
2003
Series/Report no.: 
DIW-Diskussionspapiere 356
Abstract: 
This paper uses a set of panel data from happiness surveys, jointly with data on per capita income and pollution, to examine how self-reported well-being varies with prosperity and environmental conditions. This approach permits to show that citizens care about prosperity and the environment, and to calculate the trade-off people are willing to make between them. The paper finds that air pollution plays a statistically significant role as a predictor of intercountry and inter-temporal differences in subjective well-being. The effect of air pollution on well-being shows up as a considerable monetary valuation of improved air quality. The air quality improvements achieved in Western Europe in 1990-1997 are valued at almost $900 per capita per year in the case of nitrogen dioxide and more than $1400 per capita per year in the case of lead.
Subjects: 
pollution
environmental valuation
subjective well-being
marginal rate of substitution
JEL: 
Q2
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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