Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/141570
Authors: 
Maguire, Karen
Winters, John V.
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9811
Abstract: 
The United States experienced a considerable increase in oil and natural gas extraction in recent years due to technological advancements including horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. Increased energy development likely creates both benefits and costs, but the net effects for local residents are not well understood. This paper examines effects of conventional and horizontal oil and natural gas drilling in Texas on subjective assessments of life-satisfaction and bad mental health days for nearby residents. Horizontal drilling has statistically significant deleterious effects on well-being, but the effects are driven by the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) metropolitan area, an area with both very high levels of horizontal drilling and a large urban population.
Subjects: 
energy
drilling
subjective well-being
mental health
natural gas
environment
JEL: 
I10
Q40
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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