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Air Pollution and Infant Health: What Can We Learn from California's Recent Experience?

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  • Janet Currie
  • Matthew Neidell

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We examine the impact of air pollution on infant death in California over the 1990s. Our work offers several innovations: first, most previous studies examine populations subject to far greater levels of pollution. Second, many studies examine a single pollutant in isolation. We examine three "criteria" pollutants in a common framework. Third, we use rich individual-level data and pollution measured at the weekly level. Our most novel finding is a significant effect of CO on infant mortality: we find that reductions in carbon monoxide over the 1990s saved approximately 1000 infant lives in California.

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  • Janet Currie & Matthew Neidell, 2005. "Air Pollution and Infant Health: What Can We Learn from California's Recent Experience?," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 120(3), pages 1003-1030.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:qjecon:v:120:y:2005:i:3:p:1003-1030.
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    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health

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