Stunted by the Smoke? Household Environment and Child Development in Indonesia

26 Pages Posted: 8 Nov 2016

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Younoh Kim

Sam Houston State University - College of Business Administration

James Manley

Towson University - Department of Economics

Vlad Radoias

Sam Houston State University - College of Business Administration

Date Written: November 1, 2016

Abstract

Exploiting panel data from the Indonesian Family Life Study, this paper investigates whether in-home air pollution is linked to child development. While more severe, acute health impacts have been linked to the indoor air pollution in the past, less attention has been paid to long-term outcomes such as height for age. We instrument for fuel use two ways, with fuel prices and with consumption of rice, an inelastically consumed staple food, finding effects that are robustly significant and roughly consistent in size across specifications, even considering alternative specifications such as OLS and matching procedures. Economists and policymakers should not neglect the long-term human capital development implications of improving indoor air quality.

Keywords: In-Home Air Pollution, Child Health, Clean Fuel, Indonesia

JEL Classification: I1, J13, Q53

Suggested Citation

Kim, Younoh and Manley, James and Radoias, Vlad, Stunted by the Smoke? Household Environment and Child Development in Indonesia (November 1, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2865833 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2865833

Younoh Kim

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

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James Manley

Towson University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Vlad Radoias (Contact Author)

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

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Huntsville, TX 77341
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