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The health costs of the industrial leap forward in China: Evidence from the sulfur dioxide emissions of coal-fired power stations
Chen, Shuo1; Li, Yiran2; Yao, Qin1
2018-06
Source PublicationCHINA ECONOMIC REVIEW
Volume49Pages:68-83
Abstract

In this study, we attempt to empirically test the effects of air pollution on public health in China. Using three-stage least squares (3SLS) to solve the potential endogeneity problem in sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions, we find that air pollution has significant negative effects on public health. Specifically, a 1% increase in SO2 emissions is found to lead to 0.067 and 0.004 more deaths per 100,000 population due to respiratory diseases and lung cancer, respectively. In terms of absolute magnitude, every one million ton increase in SO2 emissions results in 0.735 and 0.052 extra deaths due to respiratory diseases and lung cancer per 100,000 population, respectively. Moreover, SO2 emissions result in 230,000 extra deaths every year and the related economic costs over the study period amount to RMB 8.179 billion.

KeywordSulfur Dioxide Emissions Respiratory Diseases Lung Cancer China
DOI10.1016/j.chieco.2018.01.004
Indexed BySSCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaBusiness & Economics
WOS SubjectEconomics
WOS IDWOS:000434904600004
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Social Sciences
Affiliation1.Fudan Univ, Dept Econ, 600 Guoquan Rd, Shanghai, Peoples R China
2.Univ Hong Kong, Dept Polit & Publ Adm, Centennial Campus,Pokfulam Rd, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Peoples R China
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Chen, Shuo,Li, Yiran,Yao, Qin. The health costs of the industrial leap forward in China: Evidence from the sulfur dioxide emissions of coal-fired power stations[J]. CHINA ECONOMIC REVIEW,2018,49:68-83.
APA Chen, Shuo,Li, Yiran,&Yao, Qin.(2018).The health costs of the industrial leap forward in China: Evidence from the sulfur dioxide emissions of coal-fired power stations.CHINA ECONOMIC REVIEW,49,68-83.
MLA Chen, Shuo,et al."The health costs of the industrial leap forward in China: Evidence from the sulfur dioxide emissions of coal-fired power stations".CHINA ECONOMIC REVIEW 49(2018):68-83.
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