English title: Well-being and environmental quality: Does pollution affect life satisfaction?

Author(s): Kati Orru - Hans Orru - Marek Maasikmets - Reigo Hendrikson - Mare Ainsaar -

Language: Estonian

Type: Journal article

Year: 2016


Purpose: We aimed to explore the effect of ambient air pollution on individual persons’ levels of subjective wellbeing. Our research question was: to what extent is an individual’s life satisfaction shaped by exposure to PM10? Methods: We used regression models to analyse data on subjective well-being indicators from the last two waves of the European social survey (ESS) and detailed information on local levels of the air pollutant PM10. Results: An increase in PM10 annual concentrations by 1 lg/m3 was associated with a significant reduction in life satisfaction of .017 points on the ESS 10-point life satisfaction scale. Conclusions: Our findings suggest that even in cases of relatively low levels of PM10 air pollution (mean annual concentration of 8.3 ± 3.9 lg/m3), in addition to the effects on physical health, exposure negatively affects subjective assessments of well-being.

Volume: 25

Issue: 3

From page no: 699

To page no: 705

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1007/S11136-015-1104-6

Journal: Quality of Life Research