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Surface Water Quality and Infant Mortality in China

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  • Guojun He

    () (Department of Economics, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
    Division of Social Science, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
    Division of Environment, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
    Institute for Emerging Market Studies, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

  • Jeffrey Perloff

    () (Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley)

Abstract

Surface water pollution has a significant, non-monotonic effect on the infant mortality rate in China. As surface water quality deteriorates, the infant mortality rate first increases and then decreases. Thus, moderate levels of pollution are the most dangerous.

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  • Guojun He & Jeffrey Perloff, 2016. "Surface Water Quality and Infant Mortality in China," HKUST IEMS Working Paper Series 2016-32, HKUST Institute for Emerging Market Studies, revised Jun 2016.
  • Handle: RePEc:hku:wpaper:201632
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    Keywords

    water quality; water pollution; infant mortality;

    JEL classification:

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

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