Long-Run Health Consequences of Air Pollution: Evidence from Indonesia's Forest Fires of 1997

Posted: 24 May 2016 Last revised: 21 Apr 2018

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Younoh Kim

Sam Houston State University - College of Business Administration

Scott Knowles

Michigan State University

James Manley

Towson University - Department of Economics

Vlad Radoias

Sam Houston State University - College of Business Administration

Date Written: May 19, 2016

Abstract

While many studies in the medical literature documented causal relationships between air pollution and negative health outcomes immediately following exposure, much less is known about the long run health consequences of pollution exposure. Using the 1997 Indonesian forest fires as a natural experiment, we estimate the long term effects of air pollution on health outcomes. We take advantage of the longitudinal nature of the Indonesia Family Life Survey (IFLS), which collects detailed individual data on a multitude of health outcomes, in both 1997 and 2007. We find significant negative effects of pollution, which persist in the long run. Men and the elderly are impacted the most, while children seem to recover almost completely from these early shocks.

Keywords: Air Pollution, Health, Indonesia

JEL Classification: I1, Q53

Suggested Citation

Kim, Younoh and Knowles, Scott and Manley, James and Radoias, Vlad, Long-Run Health Consequences of Air Pollution: Evidence from Indonesia's Forest Fires of 1997 (May 19, 2016). Economics & Human Biology, Vol. 26, pp. 186-198, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2783402 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2783402

Younoh Kim

Sam Houston State University - College of Business Administration ( email )

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Scott Knowles

Michigan State University ( email )

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United States

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James Manley

Towson University - Department of Economics ( email )

Towson, MD 21204
United States

Vlad Radoias (Contact Author)

Sam Houston State University - College of Business Administration ( email )

1803 Ave I
Huntsville, TX 77341
United States

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