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Temperature Variability and Mortality: Evidence from 16 Asian Countries

Olivier Deschenes

Asian Development Review, 2018, vol. 35, issue 2, 1-30

Abstract: This paper presents an empirical analysis devised to understand the complex relationship between extreme temperatures and mortality in 16 Asian countries where more than 50% of the world's population resides. Using a country-year panel on mortality rates and various measures of high temperatures for 1960–2015, the analysis produces two primary findings. First, high temperatures significantly increase annual mortality rates in Asia. Second, this increase is larger in countries with cooler climates where high temperatures are infrequent. These empirical estimates can help inform climate change impact projections on human health for Asia, which is considered to be highly vulnerable to climate change. The results indicate that unabated warming until the end of the century could increase annual mortality rates by more than 40%, highlighting the need for concrete and rapid actions to help individuals and communities adapt to climate change.

Keywords: Asia; climate change; impact; mortality; temperature (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I10 Q54 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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