Congestion Pricing, Air Pollution and Children's Health

29 Pages Posted: 19 Apr 2017

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Emilia Simeonova

Johns Hopkins University - Carey Business School

Janet Currie

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); Princeton University

Peter Nilsson

Stockholm University - Institute for International Economic Studies (IIES)

Reed Walker

University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Date Written: February 2017

Abstract

This study examines the effects of implementing a congestion tax in central Stockholm on both ambient air pollution and the population health of local children. We demonstrate that the tax reduced ambient air pollution by 5 to 10 percent, and this reduction in air pollution was associated with a significant decrease in the rate of acute asthma attacks among young children. The change in health was more gradual than the change in pollution suggesting that it may take time for the full health effects of changes in pollution to be felt. Given the sluggish adjustment of health to pollution changes, short-run estimates of the pollution reduction programs may understate the long-run health benefits.

Suggested Citation

Simeonova, Emilia and Currie, Janet and Nilsson, Peter and Walker, Reed, Congestion Pricing, Air Pollution and Children's Health (February 2017). Johns Hopkins Carey Business School Research Paper No. 17-05. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2955260 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2955260

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