International Review of Environmental and Resource Economics > Vol 7 > Issue 3–4

Environment, Well-Being, and Experienced Preference

Heinz Welsch, University of Oldenburg, Germany, Susana Ferreira, University of Georgia, USA,
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Heinz Welsch and Susana Ferreira (2014), "Environment, Well-Being, and Experienced Preference", International Review of Environmental and Resource Economics: Vol. 7: No. 3–4, pp 205-239.

Published: 18 Dec 2014
© 2014 H. Welsch and S. Ferreira
Environmental Economics
Non-market valuationEnvironmental behaviorExperienced utilityHappinessLife satisfactionSubjective well-being

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In this article:
1. Introduction
2. Non-Market Valuation
3. Methodological Advances
4. Areas of Application
5. Well-Being and Environmental Behavior
6. Conclusions


Recent years have seen a sharp increase in the use of subjective well-being data in environmental economics. This article discusses the conceptual underpinnings of using such data as a tool for preference elicitation and non-market valuation. Given the connection of those data to the notion of experienced utility, we refer to this approach as the experienced preference method and discuss recent methodological advances and applications of the approach to subject areas not previously reviewed. In addition, we discuss insights concerning environmental behavior that can be gained with the help of subjective well-being data.