Air Pollution and Adult Cognition: Evidence from Brain Training

50 Pages Posted: 15 May 2021

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Andrea La Nauze

University of Queensland

Edson Severnini

Carnegie Mellon University

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Abstract

We exploit novel data from brain-training games to examine the impacts of air pollution on a comprehensive set of cognitive skills of adults. We find that exposure to particulate matter (PM2.5) impairs adult cognitive function, and that these effects are largest for those in prime working age. These results confirm a hypothesized mechanism for the impacts of air pollution on productivity. We also find that the cognitive effects are largest for new tasks and for those with low ability, suggesting that air pollution increases inequality in workforce productivity.

JEL Classification: Q53, J24, I14, I24

Suggested Citation

La Nauze, Andrea and Severnini, Edson, Air Pollution and Adult Cognition: Evidence from Brain Training. IZA Discussion Paper No. 14353, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3846697 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3846697

Andrea La Nauze (Contact Author)

University of Queensland ( email )

St Lucia
Brisbane, Queensland 4072
Australia

Edson Severnini

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
United States

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