English title: Electricity Supply Preferences in Europe: Evidence from Subjective Well-Being Data

Author(s): Heinz Welsch - Philipp Biermann -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2014


We use survey data for 139,517 individuals in 25 European countries, 2002–2011, to estimate the relationship between subjective well-being (SWB) and production shares of various electricity generation technologies. The estimated relationships are taken to represent preference relationships over attributes of electricity supply systems (costs, safety, environmental friendliness, etc.). Controlling for a variety of individual and macro-level factors, we find that individuals’ SWB varies systematically and significantly with differences in the electricity mix across countries and across time. Among other results, we find that a greater share of solar & wind power relative to nuclear power and electricity from coal and oil is associated with greater SWB at all levels of income and that the implied preference for solar & wind power over nuclear power has risen drastically after the Fukushima nuclear accident.

Volume: 38

Issue: 0

From page no: 38

To page no: 60

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1016/J.RESENEECO.2014.05.003

Journal: Resources and Energy Economics

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