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The Impact of Cooking with Firewood on Respiratory Health: Evidence from Indonesia

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  • Ani Rudra Silwal

    () (Department of Economics, University of Sussex, Falmer, United Kingdom)

  • Andy McKay

    () (Department of Economics, University of Sussex, Falmer, United Kingdom)

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The vast majority of households in low-income countries cook with firewood, which is known to produce various airborne toxins. We examine whether cooking with firewood results in poorer respiratory health by using a unique Indonesian household survey that collected direct measures of lung capacity. We find that individuals living in households that cook with firewood have 11.2 per cent lower lung capacity than those that cook with cleaner fuels. This impact is larger for women and children than for men. The results strongly support the international policy focus on encouraging households to switch to cooking with cleaner fuels.

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  • Ani Rudra Silwal & Andy McKay, 2014. "The Impact of Cooking with Firewood on Respiratory Health: Evidence from Indonesia," Working Paper Series 7214, Department of Economics, University of Sussex.
  • Handle: RePEc:sus:susewp:7214
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    1. Pedro Paulo Orraca Romano, 2015. "Crime Exposure and Educational Outcomes in Mexico," Working Paper Series 7715, Department of Economics, University of Sussex.
    2. Kudo, Yuya & Shonchoy, Abu S. & Takahashi, Kazushi, 2017. "Short-term impacts of solar lanterns on child health : experimental evidence from Bangladesh," IDE Discussion Papers 646, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO).

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    Keywords

    Health production; Indoor air pollution; Household energy use;

    JEL classification:

    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • Q53 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Air Pollution; Water Pollution; Noise; Hazardous Waste; Solid Waste; Recycling
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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