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Effect of pollution on quality of life.

 By: Astha Raghav. 

Clean air is considered as one of the basic requirements for human being. Pollution-related diseases due to air pollution continue to rise at an alarming rate and affect people’s quality of life. Air pollution also adversely affects welfare inequality. Air pollution as a significant risk factor affects health and sense of subjective well-being (SWB). In this study, the effect of air pollution on subjective well-being (life satisfaction, happiness, and optimism) is investigated. Relationship between well-being and air quality is a fundamental issue to design public policies. Hence, the studies about the link are of grooving interest in the literature. The results show that air pollutants have an effect on subjective well-being. The link between life satisfaction and happiness is very strong. Optimism is also positively correlated with life satisfaction and happiness. Good air quality and optimism make people happier. Air quality is likely to have an effect on people’s sense of life satisfaction, happiness, and optimistic view. The results indicate that the PM 2.5 level is significantly and negatively related to on optimism. It is obvious that there is a very strong relationship between air quality and subjective wellbeing. Relationship between wellbeing and air quality is a fundamental issue to design public policies.

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