First and Last Name/s of Presenters

Zoe KellyFollow

Title of Poster or Paper

Air Pollution and Life Expectancy

Mentor/s

Professor Khawaja Mamun

Location

Panel D: UC 106

Start Day/Time

4-21-2017 2:00 PM

End Day/Time

4-21-2017 3:15 PM

Abstract

This research paper explores the effect of air pollution on life expectancy. While prior studies have presented a heavily supported link between long-term exposure to air pollution and harmful effects on health, most of these studies are based on single country data. The objective of this paper is to fill the gap in the literature by conducting a cross-country study. The paper evaluates the effect of average air pollution on life expectancy across 111 countries between 2010 and 2015. The additional control variables that were used include GDP per capita, percentage of people with access to water, population density, health care expenditure (in terms of GDP), and the GINI index (a measure of inequality). This study finds a negative association between average exposure to air pollution and life expectancy. Specifically, I estimate that for every additional mean microgram per cubic meter of PM2.5 air pollution exposure, life expectancy reduces by 0.04, years on average.

College

Welch College of Business

College and Major available

Business Economics

Keywords

Air pollution, Life expectancy, Health care costs

Document Type

Essay

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Air Pollution and Life Expectancy

Panel D: UC 106

This research paper explores the effect of air pollution on life expectancy. While prior studies have presented a heavily supported link between long-term exposure to air pollution and harmful effects on health, most of these studies are based on single country data. The objective of this paper is to fill the gap in the literature by conducting a cross-country study. The paper evaluates the effect of average air pollution on life expectancy across 111 countries between 2010 and 2015. The additional control variables that were used include GDP per capita, percentage of people with access to water, population density, health care expenditure (in terms of GDP), and the GINI index (a measure of inequality). This study finds a negative association between average exposure to air pollution and life expectancy. Specifically, I estimate that for every additional mean microgram per cubic meter of PM2.5 air pollution exposure, life expectancy reduces by 0.04, years on average.

 

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