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Inexpensive heating reduces winter mortality / Janjala Chirakijja (Monash University), Seema Jayachandran (Northwestern University, NBER and IZA), Pinchuan Ong (Northwestern University) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserChirakijja, Janjala ; Jayachandran, Seema ; Ong, Pinchuan
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, March 2019
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SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 12195
URNurn:nbn:de:hbz:5:2-184522 
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Inexpensive heating reduces winter mortality [1.25 mb]
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This paper examines how the price of home heating affects mortality in the US. Exposure to cold is one reason that mortality peaks in winter, and a higher heating price increases exposure to cold by reducing heating use. It also raises energy bills, which could affect health by decreasing other health-promoting spending. Our empirical approach combines spatial variation in the energy source used for home heating and temporal variation in the national prices of natural gas versus electricity. We find that a lower heating price reduces winter mortality, driven mostly by cardiovascular and respiratory causes.