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The Impact of Temperature on Productivity and Labor Supply: Evidence from Indian Manufacturing

Anant Sudarsan (), E. Somanathan and Rohini Somanathan ()

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Abstract: Cross-country studies have found that hotter years are associated with lower output in poor countries. Using high-frequency micro-data from manufacturing firms in India, we show that worker heat stress can substantially explain this correlation. Ambient temperatures have non-linear e ffects on worker productivity, with declines on hot days of 4 to 9 percent per degree rise in temperature. Sustained heat also increases absenteeism. Similar temperature induced productivity declines are replicated in annual plant output from a national panel.

Keywords: temperature; heat stress; worker productivity; climate change; absenteeism; plant output; poor countries; high frequency; micro data; India; correltion (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015-07
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