Air Pollution and Long-Term Mental Health

Kim, Y.; Manley, J.; Radoias, V. Air Pollution and Long Term Mental Health. Atmosphere 2020, 11, 1355.

Posted: 31 Aug 2017 Last revised: 23 Dec 2020

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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: August 29, 2017

Abstract

We study the long-term consequences of air pollution on mental health, using a natural experiment in Indonesia. We find that exposure to severe air pollution has significant and persistent consequences on mental health that can be observed even ten years after exposure. Women in particular seem to be more affected, but some effects persist for men as well. Pollution exposure increases the likelihood of clinical depression for women and also increases the severity of mild depressive-like symptoms for both sexes. It is not clear if men are more resistant to pollution or they simply recover faster from it.

Keywords: Air Pollution, Mental Health, Depression, Long Term, Indonesia

JEL Classification: J22, Q53

Suggested Citation

Kim, Younoh and Manley, James and Radoias, Vlad, Air Pollution and Long-Term Mental Health (August 29, 2017). Kim, Y.; Manley, J.; Radoias, V. Air Pollution and Long Term Mental Health. Atmosphere 2020, 11, 1355., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3028930 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3028930

Younoh Kim

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

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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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