Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/207371
Authors: 
Pestel, Nico
Wozny, Florian
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers No. 12545
Abstract: 
This paper studies health effects from restricting the access of high-emission vehicles to innercities by implementing Low Emission Zones. For identification, we exploit variation in the timing and the spatial distribution of the introduction of new Low Emission Zones across cities in Germany. We use detailed hospitalization data combined with geo-coded information on the coverage of Low Emission Zones. We find that Low Emission Zones significantly reduce levels of air pollution in urban areas and that these improvements in air quality translate into population health benefits. The number of diagnoses related to air pollution is significantly reduced for hospitals located within or in close proximity to a Low Emission Zone after it becomes effective. The results are mainly driven by reductions in chronic cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.
Subjects: 
Low Emission Zone
air pollution
health
Germany
JEL: 
I18
Q52
Q53
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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