Air pollution, spouse health, and labor supply decision of married individuals

32 Pages Posted: 22 May 2024

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Vikrant Kamble

Arizona State University (ASU) - Morrison School of Agribusiness and Resource Management

Date Written: May 22, 2024

Abstract

Pollution negatively affects the health of an individual forcing them to reduce labor force participation. This effect is amplified for married individuals when they are subjected to illness due to pollution. It is because a married individual has the added responsibility of spending time on caregiving for their spouse. In a country like India, where wage differences between women and men are very high, both men and women respond differently to their respective spouse's illnesses. Due to the dominant income effect both end up working more in case of their spouse is sick compared to unmarried individuals. However, the effect is 3 times higher in the case of women compared to men.

Keywords: air pollution, caregiving, spouse health, labor force participation

JEL Classification: I15, Q53, J21

Suggested Citation

Kamble, Vikrant, Air pollution, spouse health, and labor supply decision of married individuals (May 22, 2024). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4837021 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4837021

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