The Effect of Air Pollution on Mortality in China: Evidence from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games
58 Pages Posted: 2 Feb 2015 Last revised: 16 Nov 2015
Date Written: November 15, 2015
By exploiting exogenous variations in air quality during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, we estimate the effect of air pollution on mortality in China. We find that a 10 percent decrease in PM10 concentrations reduces the monthly standardized all-cause mortality rate by 8 percent. Men and women are equally susceptible to air pollution risks. The age groups for which the air pollution effects are greatest are children under 10 years old and the elderly.
Keywords: Air Pollution, Mortality, Particulate Matter, 2008 Beijing Olympic Games
JEL Classification: Q53; I15; I18
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