Effects of Prenatal Exposure to Wildfires on Children's Height and Weight: Evidence from Russia

22 Pages Posted: 13 Sep 2023

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Shun Wang

KDI School of Public Policy and Management

Date Written: August 21, 2023

Abstract

In this paper, we investigate whether prenatal exposure to forest fires affects children’s health in Russia. We show that in-utero exposure to forest fires in the first trimester is associated with reductions in body height but not weight. More specifically, we find that an exposure to a standard-deviation increase in the area burned in the neighborhood in the first trimester reduces standardized height among children aged below 16 years old by about 0.03 standard deviations. We conduct a battery of robustness checks and yield similar results.

Suggested Citation

Wang, Shun, Effects of Prenatal Exposure to Wildfires on Children's Height and Weight: Evidence from Russia (August 21, 2023). KDI School of Pub Policy & Management Paper No. 23-06, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4568803 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4568803

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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