Make Sure the Kids are OK: Indirect Effects of Ground-Level Ozone on Well-Being

Discussion Papers 1877, 32 S.

Julia Rechlitz, Luis Sarmiento, Aleksandar Zaklan

2020

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Abstract

This paper uses a panel of German individuals and highly granular pollution data to test if air pollution affects adults’ well-being indirectly through the health of their children. Results show that ozone decreases the well-being of individuals with children while not affecting persons without kids. We confirm the same effect for fine particulate matter and sulfur dioxide. Concerning the mechanism, we find that above-median earners drive this effect and that ozone causes losses in workdays to care for a sick child, providing evidence on the children’s health channel to adults’ welfare losses.

Luis Sarmiento

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter in der Abteilung Energie, Verkehr, Umwelt

Julia Rechlitz

Doktorandin in der Abteilung Energie, Verkehr, Umwelt

Aleksandar Zaklan

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter in der Abteilung Energie, Verkehr, Umwelt



JEL-Classification: Q53;I31;I18;J22
Keywords: Air pollution, ozone, well-being, subjective health, children’s health, parental in- vestments