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Long-Run Health Consequences of Air Pollution: Evidence from Indonesia's Forest Fires of 1997

Younoh Kim (), Scott Knowles (), James Manley () and Vlad Radoias ()
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Younoh Kim: Department of Economics, Eastern Michigan University

No 2016-11, Working Papers from Towson University, Department of Economics

Abstract: While many studies in the medical literature documented causal relationships between air pollution and negative health outcomes immediately following exposure, much less is known about the long run health consequences of pollution exposure. Using the 1997 Indonesian forest fires as a natural experiment, we estimate the long term effects of air pollution on health outcomes. We take advantage of the longitudinal nature of the Indonesia Family Life Survey (IFLS), which collects detailed individual data on a multitude of health outcomes, in both 1997 and 2007. We find significant negative effects of pollution, which persist in the long run. Men and the elderly are impacted the most, while children seem to recover almost completely from these early shocks.

Keywords: Air Pollution; Health; Indonesia. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I1 Q53 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ene, nep-env, nep-hea and nep-sea
Date: 2016-05, Revised 2016-05
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