Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/200596
Authors: 
Alexander, Diane
Schwandt, Hannes
Year of Publication: 
2019
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Working Paper 2019-04
Abstract: 
Car exhaust is a major source of air pollution, but little is known about its impacts on population health. We exploit the dispersion of emissions-cheating diesel cars−which secretly polluted up to 150 times as much as gasoline cars−across the United States from 2008-2015 as a natural experiment to measure the health impact of car pollution. Using the universe of vehicle registrations, we demonstrate that a 10 percent cheating-induced increase in car exhaust increases rates of low birth weight and acute asthma attacks among children by 1.9 and 8.0 percent, respectively. These health impacts occur at all pollution levels and across the entire socioeconomic spectrum.
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