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Hot Days, the ability to Work and climate resilience: Evidence from a representative sample of 42,152 Indian households

Anthony Heyes and Soodeh Saberian

Journal of Development Economics, 2022, vol. 155, issue C

Abstract: The ability of people to work underpins most economic outcomes. Using data from the nationally representative India Human Development Survey (IHDS-II), with pre-scheduling of interview locations ensuring plausibly random assignment of temperature treatment to respondent, we evidence the impact of short-term (within-month) high temperatures on self-evaluated ability to work, and how that impact depends on individual living conditions. Other things equal a hot day (one in which maximum daytime temperature exceeds 37.7 °C (100°F)) increases inability to work across the month by about 7%, or 1/20th of a day. Electricity to the home and cooler ownership have important but partial protective effects, we find no such evidence for piped water supply.

Keywords: Temperature; Effective labor supply; Climate impacts; Climate resilience; Mitigation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jdeveco.2021.102786

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