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Long-run health consequences of air pollution: Evidence from Indonesia's forest fires of 1997

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  • Kim, Younoh
  • Knowles, Scott
  • Manley, James
  • Radoias, Vlad

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While many studies in the medical literature documented causal relationships between air pollution and negative health outcomes immediately following exposure, much less is known about the long run health consequences of pollution exposure. Using the 1997 Indonesian forest fires as a natural experiment, we estimate the long term effects of air pollution on health outcomes. We take advantage of the longitudinal nature of the Indonesia Family Life Survey (IFLS), which collects detailed individual data on a multitude of health outcomes, in both 1997 and 2007. We find significant negative effects of pollution, which persist in the long run. Men and the elderly are impacted the most, while children seem to recover almost completely from these early shocks. For the entire population, an extra standard deviation in the pollution level increases the likelihood of a poor general health status by almost 3%.

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  • Kim, Younoh & Knowles, Scott & Manley, James & Radoias, Vlad, 2017. "Long-run health consequences of air pollution: Evidence from Indonesia's forest fires of 1997," Economics & Human Biology, Elsevier, vol. 26(C), pages 186-198.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ehbiol:v:26:y:2017:i:c:p:186-198
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ehb.2017.03.006
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    1. Younoh Kim & James Manley & Vlad Radoias, 2017. "Medium- and Long-run Consequences of Pollution on Labor Supply: Evidence from Indonesia's Forest Fires of 1997," Working Papers 2017-02, Towson University, Department of Economics, revised Mar 2017.
    2. repec:spr:izalbr:v:6:y:2017:i:1:d:10.1186_s40172-017-0055-2 is not listed on IDEAS
    3. repec:eee:ehbiol:v:28:y:2018:i:c:p:67-78 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    I1; Q53; Air pollution; Health; Indonesia;

    JEL classification:

    • I1 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health
    • Q53 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Air Pollution; Water Pollution; Noise; Hazardous Waste; Solid Waste; Recycling

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