Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/111089
Authors: 
Goebel, Jan
Krekel, Christian
Tiefenbach, Tim
Ziebarth, Nicolas R.
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 762
Abstract: 
We study the impact of the Fukushima disaster on environmental concerns, well-being, risk aversion, and political preferences in Germany, Switzerland, and the UK. In these countries, overall life satisfaction did not significantly decrease, but the disaster significantly increased environmental concerns among Germans. One underlying mechanism likely operated through the perceived risk of a similar meltdown of domestic reactors. After Fukushima, more Germans considered themselves as "very risk averse". However, drastic German policy action shut down the oldest reactors, implemented the phaseout of the remaining ones, and proclaimed the transition to renewables. This shift in energy policy contributed to the subsequent decrease in environmental concerns, particularly among women, Green party supporters, and people living in close distance to the oldest reactors. In Germany, political support for the Greens increased significantly, whereas in Switzerland and the UK, this increase was limited to people living close to reactors.
Subjects: 
Fukushima
nuclear phase-out
environmental concerns
well-being
risk aversion
Green party
JEL: 
I18
I31
Q54
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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