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The happiness-reducing costs of noise pollution

Weinhold, Diana (2012) The happiness-reducing costs of noise pollution. Journal of Regional Science, 20 (10). pp. 1-12. ISSN 0022-4146

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Identification Number: 10.1111/jors.12001


This analysis examines the costs of everyday residential noise pollution using a series of “happiness regressions.” We control for both the possibility that an unobservable characteristic may cause omitted variable bias, as well as for the possibility of endogeneity bias if “effort” is not adequately taken into account. We find perceived noise pollution to exert a negative and highly significant effect on happiness. We then calculate the required income transfer to compensate for the noise and find the costs of noise pollution to be on the order of €172 per month per household.

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Additional Information: © 2012 Wiley Periodicals
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Sets: Departments > International Development
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2012 11:07
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2020 02:08

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