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Evidence on the impact of sustained exposure to air pollution on life expectancy from China’s Huai River policy

Overview of attention for article published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, July 2013
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Title
Evidence on the impact of sustained exposure to air pollution on life expectancy from China’s Huai River policy
Published in
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, July 2013
DOI 10.1073/pnas.1300018110
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Authors

Yuyu Chen, Avraham Ebenstein, Michael Greenstone, Hongbin Li

Abstract

This paper's findings suggest that an arbitrary Chinese policy that greatly increases total suspended particulates (TSPs) air pollution is causing the 500 million residents of Northern China to lose more than 2.5 billion life years of life expectancy. The quasi-experimental empirical approach is based on China's Huai River policy, which provided free winter heating via the provision of coal for boilers in cities north of the Huai River but denied heat to the south. Using a regression discontinuity design based on distance from the Huai River, we find that ambient concentrations of TSPs are about 184 μg/m(3) [95% confidence interval (CI): 61, 307] or 55% higher in the north. Further, the results indicate that life expectancies are about 5.5 y (95% CI: 0.8, 10.2) lower in the north owing to an increased incidence of cardiorespiratory mortality. More generally, the analysis suggests that long-term exposure to an additional 100 μg/m(3) of TSPs is associated with a reduction in life expectancy at birth of about 3.0 y (95% CI: 0.4, 5.6).

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 16 2%
China 8 <1%
Netherlands 2 <1%
South Africa 2 <1%
United Kingdom 2 <1%
Austria 1 <1%
India 1 <1%
Italy 1 <1%
Germany 1 <1%
Other 2 <1%
Unknown 804 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 222 26%
Student > Master 111 13%
Researcher 90 11%
Student > Bachelor 54 6%
Professor > Associate Professor 45 5%
Other 154 18%
Unknown 164 20%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 181 22%
Environmental Science 107 13%
Social Sciences 74 9%
Engineering 42 5%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 38 5%
Other 181 22%
Unknown 217 26%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 1102. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 18 May 2022.
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#318
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#35
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#2
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