Comment on “Re-Examining the Contribution of Public Health Efforts to the Decline in Urban Mortality”

20 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2019 Last revised: 24 Feb 2021

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David M. Cutler

Harvard University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

Grant Miller

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Stanford University - School of Medicine

Date Written: June 4, 2020

Abstract

We address points raised by Anderson et al. (2020), which commented on our prior work. After correcting unambiguous data mistakes, our revised estimates suggest that municipal water disinfection (filtration) explains 38% of the total mortality rate decline in our sample cities and years – a result not very different from our 43% original estimate. However, effects on infant mortality rates are smaller than in our original analysis. Much of the difference between ACR’s analyses and ours is due to the coding of partial intervention years and to differences in population denominators, for which ideal data are difficult to find.

Suggested Citation

Cutler, David M. and Miller, Grant and Miller, Grant, Comment on “Re-Examining the Contribution of Public Health Efforts to the Decline in Urban Mortality” (June 4, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3312834 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3312834

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