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|Abstract:||Many studies have shown a correlation between air pollution and poor children’s health. This paper focuses on recent studies that employ quasi-experimental designs in an effort to minimize the effect of confounding factors. These studies are complementary to studies using other designs and confirm that reducing air pollution reduces infant mortality, low birth weight, prematurity, congenital anomalies, asthma hospitalizations, and school absences. These results suggest that lowering the thresholds for acceptable air pollution levels may be prudent, as research has consistently found that some pollutants have negative impacts even at levels below current regulatory thresholds. Policy makers should also consider providing more information to pregnant women and families about when and where the risk of pollution exposure is highest so that they can employ avoidance behavior.|
|Citation:||Currie, Janet M., Ray, Samantha Heep, Neidell, Matthew. (2011). Quasi-Experimental Studies Suggest That Lowering Air Pollution Levels Benefits Infants’ and Children’s Health. Health Affairs, 30 (12), 2391 - 2399. doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2011.0212|
|Pages:||2391 - 2399|
|Type of Material:||Journal Article|
|Journal/Proceeding Title:||Health Affairs|
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