The Effect of Air Pollution on Mortality in China: Evidence from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games

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Guojun He

The University of Hong Kong

Maoyong Fan

Ball State University - Department of Economics

Maigeng Zhou

Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention - Non-Communicable Disease Center

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Date Written: November 15, 2015

Abstract

By exploiting exogenous variations in air quality during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, we estimate the effect of air pollution on mortality in China. We find that a 10 percent decrease in PM10 concentrations reduces the monthly standardized all-cause mortality rate by 8 percent. Men and women are equally susceptible to air pollution risks. The age groups for which the air pollution effects are greatest are children under 10 years old and the elderly.

Keywords: Air Pollution, Mortality, Particulate Matter, 2008 Beijing Olympic Games

JEL Classification: Q53; I15; I18

Suggested Citation

He, Guojun and Fan, Maoyong and Zhou, Maigeng, The Effect of Air Pollution on Mortality in China: Evidence from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games (November 15, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2554217 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2554217

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