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Longitudinal Study: HILDA
Title: Happiness and footprints: assessing the relationship between individual well-being and carbon footprints
Authors: Daniels, P 
Ambrey, C 
Publication Date: 4-Mar-2016
Pages: 895–920
Keywords: Wellbeing
Eora MRIO database
Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey
Abstract: This study investigates the nature of the empirical link between an individual’s wellbeing and their carbon footprint. It employs a novel approach matching data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey, to household expenditure and greenhouse gas-based carbon footprints. The carbon footprints are calculated using environmental factor multipliers from the detailed and globally integrated multi-regional input-output (MRIO) tables provided by the Eora MRIO database. The results indicate that higher carbon footprints are associated with marginally lower levels of wellbeing. This relationship appears to be linear. Furthermore, this relationship does not differ greatly for individuals across the wellbeing distribution. The findings of this study both: (1) add to the body of knowledge on the link between carbon footprints and wellbeing; and (2) provide policy makers with evidence and strategic guidance on the wellbeing implications of mitigating carbon footprints.
DOI: 10.1007/s10668-016-9771-1
Keywords: Health -- Wellbeing; Beliefs and Values
Research collection: Journal Articles
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