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The Impact of Indoor Air Pollution on the Incidence of Life Threatening Respiratory Illnesses: Evidence from Young Children in Peru

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  • Gissele Gajate-Garrido

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This article analyses the impact of indoor air pollution on boys' and girls' health, and the validity of various mitigation strategies using a panel of Peruvian children younger than six years old. It controls for unobserved child heterogeneity and important confounding variables established in the literature, but seldom available in surveys. The analysis finds a negative, statistically significant and considerable impact of indoor air pollution on child respiratory health. This impact is stronger and only significant for boys. To discard a spurious correlation the article shows diarrhoea, a priori not related to pollution, is not affected by cooking fuel choice.

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  • Gissele Gajate-Garrido, 2013. "The Impact of Indoor Air Pollution on the Incidence of Life Threatening Respiratory Illnesses: Evidence from Young Children in Peru," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 49(4), pages 500-515, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jdevst:v:49:y:2013:i:4:p:500-515
    DOI: 10.1080/00220388.2012.709617
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    1. Liu, Ziming & Li, Jia & Rommel, Jens & Feng, Shuyi, 2020. "Health impacts of cooking fuel choice in rural China," Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 89(C).
    2. Tushar Bharati & Yiwei Qian & Jeonghwan Yun, 2020. "Fueling the Engines of Liberation with Cleaner Cooking Fuel," Economics Discussion / Working Papers 20-03, The University of Western Australia, Department of Economics.
    3. Tamara L. Sheldon & Chandini Sankaran, 2016. "Transboundary Pollution in Southeast Asia: Welfare and Avoidance Costs in Singapore from the Forest Burning in Indonesia," Boston College Working Papers in Economics 960, Boston College Department of Economics.
    4. Imelda, 2017. "Fuel Switching and Infant Health: Evidence from LPG Subsidy in Indonesia," 2017 Annual Meeting, July 30-August 1, Chicago, Illinois 258478, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
    5. Jacopo Bonan & Stefano Pareglio & Massimo Tavoni, 2014. "Access to Modern Energy: a Review of Impact Evaluations," Working Papers 2014.96, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.

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