Impact of the Clean Air Act on Air Pollution and Infant Health: Evidence from South Korea

13 Pages Posted: 30 May 2018

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Soohyung Lee

University of Maryland - Department of Economics

Heesun Yoo

Vanderbilt University

Minhyuk Nam

Sogang University

Abstract

This paper examines the extent to which the 2005 Clean Air Act introduced in South Korea affected air pollution and infant health. To identify the causal effect, we exploit the time and geographical variations in the adoption of the Act between 2003 and 2006. During this period, the Clean Air Act indeed significantly reduced air pollutants. For example, the PM10 level was reduced by 9 percent. However, the Act's impact on infant mortality was not statistically significant.

Keywords: air pollution, infant mortality, PM10

JEL Classification: I18, K32, Q52

Suggested Citation

Lee, Soohyung and Yoo, Heesun and Nam, Minhyuk, Impact of the Clean Air Act on Air Pollution and Infant Health: Evidence from South Korea. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3185236 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3185236

Soohyung Lee (Contact Author)

University of Maryland - Department of Economics ( email )

College Park, MD 20742
United States

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Heesun Yoo

Vanderbilt University

2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37240
United States

Minhyuk Nam

Sogang University

Seoul 121-742
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

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