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The Impact of Cooking with Firewood on Respiratory Health: Evidence from Indonesia

Ani Silwal () and Andy McKay

Journal of Development Studies, 2015, vol. 51, issue 12, 1619-1633

Abstract: The vast majority of households in low-income countries cook with firewood, which is known to produce various airborne toxins. We examine whether cooking with firewood results in poorer respiratory health by using a unique Indonesian household survey that collected direct measures of lung capacity. We find that individuals living in households that cook with firewood have 9.4 per cent lower lung capacity than those that cook with cleaner fuels. This impact is larger for women and children than for men. The results strongly support the international policy focus on facilitating households to switch to cooking with cleaner fuels.

Date: 2015
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