Using the life-satisfaction approach to quantify the complex inter-related impacts of coal mining on host communities: a case study in Shanxi, China

Li, Qian, Stoeckl, Natalie, and King, David (2019) Using the life-satisfaction approach to quantify the complex inter-related impacts of coal mining on host communities: a case study in Shanxi, China. Resources Policy, 62. pp. 305-316.

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Abstract

Focusing on host communities, we assess the multiple (positive and negative) impacts of coal mining on the wellbeing of more than 500 residents in Shanxi (the most important coal producing province in China). We use the 'life satisfaction' approach to analyse and measure the multiple impacts of coal mining on wellbeing and to assess their net impact on life satisfaction. We find that proximity to coal mines has (a) a positive impact on satisfaction with living conditions; (b) a negative impact on satisfaction with the natural environment, the economy, institutional capital and individual/family capital; and (c) a negative impact on satisfaction with life overall. We use insights from this analysis to suggest ways to address the negative impacts of coal mining and to improve local wellbeing. Our analysis offers a new tool for mining impact assessment - which could also be used to assess the impact of other activities/projects.

Item ID: 60077
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0301-4207
Keywords: coal mining; impact assessment; life-satisfaction, wellbeing, China
Copyright Information: © 2019 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Funders: Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC), James Cook University
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2019 07:31
FoR Codes: 14 ECONOMICS > 1499 Other Economics > 149902 Ecological Economics @ 40%
14 ECONOMICS > 1402 Applied Economics > 140205 Environment and Resource Economics @ 30%
14 ECONOMICS > 1402 Applied Economics > 140219 Welfare Economics @ 30%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9199 Other Economic Framework > 919902 Ecological Economics @ 100%
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