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Environmental Regulation and Chronic Condition: Evidence from China¡¯s Air Pollution Prevention and Control Action Plan

Beomsoo Kim () and Yang Zhao ()
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Beomsoo Kim: Department of Economics, Korea University, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Yang Zhao: Department of Economics, Korea University, Seoul, Republic of Korea

No 1904, Discussion Paper Series from Institute of Economic Research, Korea University

Abstract: The Chinese government passed the Air Pollution Prevention and Control Action Plan (APPCAP) in 2013 to improve air quality. Subsequently, local governments implemented their own action plans following APPCAP in different time. We use difference-in-differences model to evaluate the impact of the APPCAP on health outcomes. Unlike the literature focusing on mortality, we measure health outcomes based on air-pollution-related chronic conditions, respiratory diseases, and circulatory system diseases based on the medical literature. The China Family Panel Studies (CFPS 2012, 2014, 2016), a representative survey of China, collects detailed information on doctor-diagnosed chronic diseases over the last 6 months. We found that the APPCAP reduced respiratory diseases and circulatory system diseases by 23 percent and 20 percent respectively for all adults. The effects vary across subsets of the population. The low-income strata and old people benefitted most from the APPCAP regarding respiratory diseases. Furthermore, females and old people received large benefits from the APPCAP for circulatory system diseases.

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Date: 2019
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