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Title:The impact of climate on life satisfaction PDF Logo
Authors:Maddison, David
Rehdanz, Katrin
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:Kiel working paper 1658
Abstract:We analyse the influence of climate on average life satisfaction in 87 countries using data from the World Values Survey. Climate is described in terms of 'degree-months' calculated using an optimally-selected base temperature of 65°F (18.3°C). Our results suggest that countries with climates characterised by a large number of degree-months enjoy significantly lower levels of life satisfaction. This finding is robust to a wide variety of model specifications. Using our results to analyse a particular climate change scenario associated with the IPCC A2 emissions scenario points to major losses for African countries, but modest gains for Northern Europe.
Subjects:climate
climate change
happiness
life satisfaction
survey data
JEL:D60
H41
I31
Q51
Q54
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Kieler Arbeitspapiere, IfW
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