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2013-02-01 | Peer Reviewed

Life satisfaction and air quality in Europe

Martinsson, Peter, Alpaslan Akay, Susana Ferreira, Finbarr Brereton, Juncal Cuñado, Mirko Moro and Tine Ningal. 2013. “Life satisfaction and air quality in Europe.” Ecological Economics 88: 1-10.
Download reference Doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2012.12.027

Concerns for environmental quality and its impact on people's welfare are fundamental arguments for the adoption of environmental legislation in most countries. In this paper, we analyze the relationship between air quality and subjective well-being in Europe. We use a unique dataset that merges three waves of the European Social Survey with a new dataset on environmental quality including SO2 concentrations and climate in Europe at the regional level. We find a robust negative impact of SO2 concentrations on self-reported life satisfaction.


  • Other authors:
    Martinsson, Peter
    Akay, Alpaslan
    Ferreira, Susana
    Brereton, Finbarr
    Cuñado, Juncal
    Moro, Mirko
    Ningal, Tine