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Kenny Ho and David Maddison

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David Maddison and Katrin Rehdanz

The authors review the literature on the role of the climate in explaining geographical variations in subjective wellbeing (SWB) and update their earlier research on this topic. According to the results of the literature review and also those of their empirical analysis two key findings emerge. First, it is important to distinguish those climates where temperature varies across the annual cycle from those where it does not. Second, when appropriate representations of the climate are used climate variables can be extremely important. Next to gross domestic product per capita it appears that climate is the most important determinant of cross-country variations in SWB. Such findings amply demonstrate the potential threat to wellbeing posed by climate change.

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Valuing the Impacts of Air Pollution on Lincoln Cathedral

Applying Environmental Valuation Techniques to Historic Buildings, Monuments and Artifacts

Marilena Pollicino and David Maddison

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David Maddison and Marie Gaarder

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David Maddison, Katrin Rehdanz and Heinz Welsch

The past decades have seen a massive expansion of the field of wellbeing, happiness and the environment, focusing initially on climate, air pollution and noise nuisance. Since then, many more topics have been covered, as documented in this volume. Often the relevant studies have used happiness data as a novel tool for non-market valuation, in addition to the established stated and revealed preference approaches. This introduction describes the evolution of the literature and describes the content of the Handbook.

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Edited by David Maddison, Katrin Rehdanz and Heinz Welsch

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.