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Gone with the wind? Emissions of neighboring coal-fired power plants and local public health in China

Shuo Chen, Yiran Li, Guang Shi and Zhitao Zhu

China Economic Review, 2021, vol. 69, issue C

Abstract: Based on a nationwide representative county-level dataset from China, this article empirically examines the spillover effects of air pollution from neighboring coal-fired power plants on local mortality rates due to cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. We combine data on power plants' industrial output with information on wind direction and speed to proxy for air pollution, and find that air pollution from neighboring power plants indeed has significant negative effects on local public health. The resulting treatment costs are also enormous. Our findings shed light on the necessity of intergovernmental cooperation in environmental governance.

Keywords: Wind; Air pollution; Coal-fired power plants; Public health (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I10 O13 Q53 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.chieco.2021.101660

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