Congestion Pricing, Air Pollution and Children's Health

50 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2018

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Emilia Simeonova

Johns Hopkins University - Carey Business School

Janet Currie

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

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: March 2018

Abstract

This study examines the effects of a congestion tax in central Stockholm on ambient air pollution and the health of local children. We demonstrate that the tax reduced ambient air pollution by 5–15 percent and the rate of acute asthma attacks among young children. We do not see corresponding changes in accidents or hospitalizations for nonrespiratory conditions. As the change in health was more gradual than the change in pollution, it may take time for the full health effects of changes in pollution to materialize if the mechanism is pollution. Hence, short-run estimates of pollution reduction programs may understate 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 (March 2018). NBER Working Paper No. w24410. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3143315

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