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The Long-Term Economic Costs of the Great London Smog

Alastair Ball ()

No 1814, Birkbeck Working Papers in Economics and Finance from Birkbeck, Department of Economics, Mathematics & Statistics

Abstract: This paper studies the long-term economic effects of early exposure to the Great London Smog of 1952. Cohorts born in London are tracked for up to sixty years using the Office of National Statistics Longitudinal Study. Exposure to the four day smog reduced the size of the surviving cohort by 2% and caused lasting damage to human capital accumulation, employment, hours of work, and propensity to develop cancer.

JEL-codes: Q53 I12 I18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-12
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