Running with a Mask? The Effect of Air Pollution on Marathon Runners' Performance

31 Pages Posted: 2 Jun 2017 Last revised: 19 Feb 2019

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Mengmeng Guo

Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE) - Research Institute of Economics & Management

Shihe Fu

Xiamen University - The Wang Yanan Institute for Studies in Economics (WISE)

Date Written: December 3, 2018

Abstract

Using a sample of more than 0.3 million marathon runners of 56 race events in China in 2014 and 2015, we estimate the air pollution elasticity of finish time to be 0.041. Our causal identification comes from the exogeneity of air pollution on the race day because runners are required to register for a race a few months in advance and we control for confounding factors. Including individual fixed effects also provides consistent evidence. Our study contributes to the emerging literature on the effect of air pollution on short-run productivity, particularly on the performance of athletes engaging in outdoor sports.

Keywords: Air Pollution, Marathon, Outdoor Behavior, Mega Events, Short-Run Productivity

JEL Classification: I18, Q53, R11, Z20

Suggested Citation

Guo, Mengmeng and Fu, Shihe, Running with a Mask? The Effect of Air Pollution on Marathon Runners' Performance (December 3, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2978302 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2978302

Mengmeng Guo

Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE) - Research Institute of Economics & Management ( email )

55 Guanghuacun Street
Chengdu, Sichuan 610074
China

Shihe Fu (Contact Author)

Xiamen University - The Wang Yanan Institute for Studies in Economics (WISE) ( email )

A 307, Economics Building
Xiamen, Fujian 361005
China

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