Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/171117
Authors: 
Bruederle, Anna
Hodler, Roland
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 6653
Abstract: 
Oil spills can lead to irreversible environmental degradation and pose hazards to human health. We are the first to study the causal effects of onshore oil spills on neonatal and infant mortality rates. We use spatial data from the Nigerian Oil Spill Monitor and the Demographic and Health Surveys, and rely on the comparison of siblings conceived before and after nearby oil spills. We find that nearby oil spills double the neonatal mortality rate. These effects are fairly uniform across locations and socio-economic backgrounds. We also provide some evidence for negative health effects of nearby oil spills on surviving children.
Subjects: 
oil spills
Nigeria
infant mortality
child health
JEL: 
I10
I18
J13
Q53
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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