Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/144579
Authors: 
Kussel, Gerhard
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
Ruhr Economic Papers 625
Abstract: 
Using panel data originating from two extensive surveys conducted in 2012 and 2014, we investigate German households' adaptation behavior in response to indoor heat stress during summer months. Providing detailed information of household characteristics, behavior and technical equipment, our unique database allows us to estimate a random-eff ects probit model on households' vulnerability and adaptive capacity. The estimates indicate that even moderate increases in temperatures are suffi cient to trigger investments in adaptation measures: While the propensity to adapt is heterogeneous across socio-economic groups, an increase of one degree Celsius in average summer temperature is associated with a rise of 2.3 percentage points in adaptation probability.
Subjects: 
climate change
heat stress
panel data
discrete choice models
JEL: 
D12
Q54
R22
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
ISBN: 
978-3-86788-727-4
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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