Gray Skies and Blue Moms:The Effect of Air Pollution on Parental Life Satisfaction

43 Pages Posted: 16 Jun 2020

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Ahram Han

KDI School of Public Policy and Management - KDI School of Public Policy and Management, Students

Gi Khan Ten

KDI School of Public Policy and Management - KDI School of Public Policy and Management, Students

Shun Wang

KDI School of Public Policy and Management

Date Written: April 29, 2020

Abstract

We investigate the effects of air pollution on individuals’ life satisfaction, uncovering important heterogeneity in the impact. Using self-reported life satisfaction data from South Korea, we show that individuals report, ceteris paribus, lower life satisfaction in response to worsening air quality if young children are present in the household. This observed impact is driven heavily by the sub-population of mothers, and the impact on mothers attenuates as their children grow older. We conclude that mothers’ disproportionate responsibility for child rearing and children’s higher vulnerability to air pollution are the likely channels mediating the impact of air pollution on life satisfaction.

Suggested Citation

Han, Ahram and Khan Ten, Gi and Wang, Shun, Gray Skies and Blue Moms:The Effect of Air Pollution on Parental Life Satisfaction (April 29, 2020). KDI School of Pub Policy & Management Paper No. #20-14, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3588228 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3588228

Ahram Han

KDI School of Public Policy and Management - KDI School of Public Policy and Management, Students ( email )

Seoul
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

Gi Khan Ten

KDI School of Public Policy and Management - KDI School of Public Policy and Management, Students ( email )

Seoul
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

Shun Wang (Contact Author)

KDI School of Public Policy and Management ( email )

P.O. Box 184
Seoul, 130-868
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

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