Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/86166
Authors: 
Goebel, Jan
Krekel, Christian
Tiefenbach, Tim
Ziebarth, Nicolas R.
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 599
Abstract: 
We study the impact of the Fukushima disaster on people's mental well·being in another industrialized country, more than 5000 miles distant. The meltdown significantly increased environmental concerns by 20% among the German population. Subsequent drastic policy action permanently shut down the oldest nuclear reactors, implemented the phase·out of the remaining ones, and proclaimed the transition to renewables. This energy policy turnaround is largely supported by the population and equalized the increase in mental distress. We estimate that during the 3 months after the meltdown, Fukushima triggered external monetized health costs worth €250 per distressed citizen - particularly among risk averse women.
Subjects: 
Fukushima
meltdown
nuclear phase-out
mental health
environmental worries
SOEP
JEL: 
I18
I31
Z13
Q54
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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