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Economics Departmental Seminar Series

Event Date: 
Friday, August 30, 2019 -

Title: Early Life Exposure to Outdoor Air Pollution: Effect on Child Health in India

Speaker: Prachi Singh (Brookings India)  

Abstract: This paper examines the effect of outdoor air pollution on child health in India by combining satellite PM2.5 data with geo-coded Demographic and Health Survey of India (2016). We use an instrumental variable strategy for identification as local pollution levels may be endogenous due to local household behavioral choices like participation in local fuelwood market, burning crop residue, etc which are not observed in survey data. Our identification strategy relies on the use of upwind biomass burning events in neighboring areas to identify the effect of air pollution on child health. Our results indicate that one standard deviation increase in exposure to pollution during the first trimester lowers Height-for-age (by 6.7 percent) and Weight-for-age (by 7.8 percent); the effect is prominent for poor people and Northern states of India which have higher pollution levels.

30 August 2019

Time : 02:00 PM - 03:15 PM 

Venue: D330

Friday 30, Aug 2019
02:00 PM - 03:15 PM