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Subjective well-being : weather matters; climate doesn't / John Feddersen, Robert Metcalfe and Mark Wooden
Bib ID 6217143
Format BookBook, OnlineOnline [text, cartographic image, volume]
Author
Feddersen, John, author
 
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Description [Parkville, Victoria] : Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, 2012 
46 pages : 1 map ; 21 cm 
ISBN 9780734042859
Series

Melbourne Institute working paper ; no. 25/12 (November 2012). 1328-4991

Summary

We investigate the impact of short-term weather and long-term climate on self-reported life satisfaction using panel data. We find robust evidence that day-to-day weather variation impacts life satisfaction by a similar magnitude to acquiring a mild disability. Utilizing two sources of variation in the cognitive complexity of satisfaction questions, we present evidence that weather bias arises because of the cognitive challenge of reporting life satisfaction. Consistent with past studies, we detect a relationship between long-term climate and life satisfaction without individual fixed effects. This relationship is not robust to individual fixed effects, suggesting climate does not directly influence life satisfaction.

Notes

Includes bibliographical references: pages 27-33

Also available online. Address as at 19/3/13: http://www.melbourneinstitute.com/downloads/working_paper_series/wp2012n25.pdf

Subjects HILDA Survey.  |  Quality of life -- Australia.  |  Weather -- Psychological aspects.  |  Weather -- Physiological effect.  |  Weather -- Social aspects -- Australia.  |  Household surveys -- Australia.  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors Metcalfe, Robert (Robert D.), author  |  Wooden, Mark, author  |  Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, issuing body

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