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Handbook on Wellbeing, Happiness and the Environment

Edited by David Maddison, Professor of Economics, University of Birmingham, UK, Katrin Rehdanz, Professor of Environmental and Energy Economics, Kiel University and Heinz Welsch, Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of Oldenburg, Germany
This topical and engaging Handbook brings together cutting-edge research on the relationship between happiness and the natural environment. With interdisciplinary contributions from top scholars, it explores the role of happiness research as a new approach to environmental social science, illustrating the critical links between human wellbeing, happiness and the environment.
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Publication Date: May 2020
ISBN: 978 1 78811 933 7
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This topical and engaging Handbook brings together cutting edge research on the relationship between happiness and the natural environment. With interdisciplinary contributions from top scholars, it explores the role of happiness research as a new approach to environmental social science, illustrating the critical links between human wellbeing, happiness and the environment.

Addressing key environmental issues that impact happiness, the book examines: climate change and extreme weather events, air pollution, noise, odour, access to green space, and the importance of green lifestyles. This wide range of environmental concerns is analysed through the lens of differing cultural backgrounds, exploring the importance of different forms of human interaction with the environment globally, as well as its effects.

Environmental economics and sociology scholars will find the key case studies discussed particularly useful in assessing different cultural, political and regional approaches to the topic. It will also be an interesting read for policy-makers looking to better understand how the environment affects human happiness and wellbeing.
‘This exciting Handbook brings together leading authors investigating the state-of-the-art in behaviour economics, when they are concerned with SWB, when SWB is modelled as an explicit function of environmental goods and services. This Handbook is one of the most efficient pathways towards the understanding of the underpinnings and contribution of “Happiness Economics” in understanding the “socio-economic value” of Environmental and Resources Economics, and identification of the challenges that lie ahead.’
– Phoebe Koundouri, Athens University of Economics and Business, and President-Elect, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, Greece

‘A complete analysis of well-being has to address both its individual
and contextual determinants. This volume brings together a much-needed collection of contributions addressing many aspects of climate and the environment. Together they will help researchers to move to a truly global measure of individual, societal and indeed global well-being.’
– Andrew Clark, Paris School of Economics, France

‘The Handbook on Wellbeing, Happiness and the Environment is an intriguing collection of papers that discuss and utilize measurements of household happiness. Happiness is not closely correlated with income across countries, but happiness is associated with better environments that have more green space, less pollution, less noise, and Mediterranean climates.’
– Robert Mendelsohn, Yale University, US
Contributors include: M. Ahmadiani, M. Berlemann, F. Brereton, L. Bruni, X. Chen, C.A. Coral-Guerrero, S. Ferreira, H. Folmer, B.S. Frey, D. Fujiwara, F. García-Quero, I. Gramatki, J. Guardiola, P. Howley, B.A. Jones, K. Kagohashi, S. Kant, K. Keohane, C. Krekel, K. Laffan, R. Lawton, A. Levinson, S. Managi, G. MacKerron, D. Maddison, M. Moro, S. Mourato, A. Oswald, J. Regner, K. Rehdanz, H. Ren, T. Ruckelshauß, J. Tang, T. Tsurumi, J. Tutt, R. Veenhoven, I. Vertinsky, H. Welsch, X. Zhang, X. Zhang, B. Zheng

Andrew Oswald

David Maddison, Katrin Rehdanz and Heinz Welsch

Part I: Social sciences, happiness and the environment
1. Economics, well-being and happiness: an historical perspective
Luigino Bruni

2. World Database of Happiness: A ‘findings archive’
Ruut Veenhoven

3. Spatial Variation in Life Satisfaction: A Happiness Puzzle
Mona Ahmadiani, Finbarr Brereton, Susana Ferreira and Mirko Moro

4. Happiness and Environmental Economics
Heinz Welsch

5. Subjective wellbeing as valuation system of environmental quality: An environmental social sciences approach
Jianjun Tang, Honghao Ren and Henk Folmer

Part II: Case-studies on happiness and the environment
6. Cross-country variations in subjective wellbeing explained by the climate
David Maddison and Katrin Rehdanz

7. Natural Disasters and Self-Reported Wellbeing Empirical Evidence for Rainfall Extremes in the United Kingdom
Michael Berlemann, Judith Regner and Jascha Tutt

8. Happiness and Forest-Attacking Invasive Alien Species
Benjamin Jones

9. Happiness and air pollution
Arik Levinson

10. The Effects of Exposure to Air Pollution on Subjective Well-being in China
Xin Zhang, Xi Chen, Xiaobo Zhang

11. Noise and subjective wellbeing
David Fujiwara and Ricky Lawton

12. Measuring the wellbeing and health impacts of sewage odour
David Fujiwara, Iulian Gramatki and Kieran Keohane

13. The Effect of Green Areas on Life Satisfaction: A Comparison of Subjective and Objective Measures
Teresa Ruckelshauß

14. Mappiness: natural environments and in-the-moment happiness
George MacKerron and Susana Mourato

15. Legacy effects and individual heterogeneity in the relationship between health and well-being
Peter Howley

16. Valuing Energy Infrastructure Externalities Using Wellbeing and Hedonic Price Data: The Case of Wind Turbines
Christian Krekel

17. Happiness and Energy Supply
Heinz Welsch

18. Green with satisfaction: The relationship between pro-environmental behaviours and subjective wellbeing
Kate Laffan

19. Happiness and Green Lifestyle
Heinz Welsch

20. How environmental ethics affect the consumption-well-being relationship: evidence for Japan
Tetsuya Tsurumi, Kazuki Kagohashi and Shunsuke Managi

21. An empirical assessment of the indigenous Sumak Kawsay (living well): the importance of nature and relationships
Carmen Amelia Coral-Guerrero, Jorge Guardiola and Fernando García-Quero

22. Mother Earth and Household Welfare Functions of First Nations Peoples of Canada
Shashi Kant, Ilan Vertinsky and Bin Zheng

Part III: Conclusion
23. Happiness in Retrospect and Prospect
Bruno S. Frey