RIEB Seminar (Jointly supported by Rokko Forum)
Jointly supported by Rokko Forum
|Date & Time||Monday, Dec. 23, 2019, 3:30pm-5:00pm|
|Place||Seminar Room at RIEB (Kanematsu Memorial Hall, 1st Floor)|
|Intended Audience||Faculties, Graduate Students and People with Equivalent Knowledge|
- The Health Effect of Air Pollution: Evidence from Power Plant Closing in Taiwan
- Kamhon KAN (Institute of Economics, Academia Sinica)
- It has been established that air pollutants, especially, particulate matters (PM) are closely associated with adverse health effects. Numerous studies have evidence on the effect of pollutants on acute health conditions (e.g., respiratory diseases) or mortality. The effects of air pollutants on the long term health outcomes (e.g., cardiovascular diseases) are less understood. In this study, we focus on the relationship between air pollutants on mortality and other diseases. Moreover, we use a quasi-experimental approach for our analysis. We use the opening the closing (i.e., Shenao) of a power plant in Taiwan, which generated exogenous changes in the levels of air pollutants, to identify the causal effect. Accurate estimates of these effects are critical in evaluating the costs and benefits of alternative environmental and energy policies.