Lockdown Measures and Air Quality: Evidence from Italian Provinces
12 Pages Posted: 26 Oct 2020
Date Written: September 2, 2020
The aim of this short communication is to estimate the effects of the implementation of more restrictive lockdown measures on pollution levels in Italy. Using a time series of weekly concentrations of PM 10 , PM 2.5 and NO 2 for the period 2016–2020 across 71 provinces, we find that the introduction of lockdown measures reduced the air concentration levels of PM 10 and NO 2 by 17–18%, while their effect on PM 2.5 remains unclear. These results indicate that the lockdown yielded a double dividend in terms of lives saved and improved air quality.
Keywords: COVID-19, air quality, particulate matter, pandemics, pollution
JEL Classification: I18, Q53
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