Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/62520
Authors: 
Boes, Stefan
Nüesch, Stephan
Stillman, Steven
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6744
Abstract: 
We explore two unexpected changes in flight regulations to identify the causal effect of aircraft noise on health. Detailed yearly noise metrics are linked with panel data on health outcomes using exact address information. Controlling for individual and spatial heterogeneity, we find that aircraft noise significantly increases sleeping problems, weariness and headaches. Our pooled models substantially underestimate the detrimental health effects, which suggests that individuals self-select into residence based on their unobserved noise sensitivity and idiosyncratic vulnerability. Generally, we show that the combination of fixed effects and quasi-experiments is very powerful to identify causal effects in epidemiological field studies.
Subjects: 
health
noise pollution
selection bias
fixed effects
quasi-experimental data
JEL: 
I10
Q53
C23
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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