Air Pollution and Infant Mortality: Evidence from the Expansion of Natural Gas Infrastructure

33 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2017

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Resul Cesur

University of Connecticut, School of Business - Dept. of Healthcare Economics

Erdal Tekin

American University

Aydogan Ulker

Deakin University

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Date Written: March 2017

Abstract

We examine the impact of widespread adoption of natural gas as a source of fuel on infant mortality in Turkey, using variation across provinces and over time in the intensity of natural gas utilisation. Our estimates indicate that the expansion of natural gas infrastructure has resulted in a significant decrease in the rate of infant mortality. Specifically, a one‐percentage point increase in natural gas intensity – measured by the rate of subscriptions to natural gas services – would cause the infant mortality rate to decrease by 4%, which would translate into approximately 348 infant lives saved in 2011 alone.

Suggested Citation

Cesur, Resul and Tekin, Erdal and Ulker, Aydogan, Air Pollution and Infant Mortality: Evidence from the Expansion of Natural Gas Infrastructure (March 2017). The Economic Journal, Vol. 127, Issue 600, pp. 330-362, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2924897 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecoj.12285

Resul Cesur (Contact Author)

University of Connecticut, School of Business - Dept. of Healthcare Economics ( email )

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Erdal Tekin

American University ( email )

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Aydogan Ulker

Deakin University ( email )

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Victoria, 3216
Australia

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