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Does daily sunshine make you happy? Subjective measures of well-being and the weather

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Publication date

Sep 2016

Summary

This paper examines to what extent individual measures of well-being are correlated with daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom. Merging daily weather data into the British Household Panel Survey allows us to test whether measures of self-reported well-being are correlated with temperature, sunshine, rainfall and wind speed. We are able to make a strong case for causality due to ‘randomness’ of weather in addition to using methods that eliminate time-invariant individual-level heterogeneity. Results suggest that the effect of daily weather on measures of subjective well-being is negligible; although there is some evidence that sunshine affects job satisfaction negatively.

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The Manchester School

Volume and page numbers

84 , 642 -663

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/manc.12126

ISSN

16

Subjects

Psychology, Science And Technology, and Well Being

Links

University of Essex, Albert Sloman Library Periodicals *restricted to University of Essex registered users* - http://serlib0.essex.ac.uk/record=b1600336~S5


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