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The effect of air pollution on body weight and obesity : evidence from China / Olivier Deschenes (University of California, Santa Barbara, IZA and NBER), Huixia Wang (Hunan University), Si Wang (Hunan University), Peng Zhang (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserDeschênes, Olivier ; Wang, Huixia ; Wang, Si ; Zhang, Peng
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, April 2019
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SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 12296
URNurn:nbn:de:hbz:5:2-187336 
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The effect of air pollution on body weight and obesity [1.17 mb]
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We provide the first study estimating the causal effect of air pollution on body weight. Using the China Health and Nutrition Survey, which provides detailed longitudinal health and socioeconomic information for 13,226 adult individuals over 1989-2011, we find significant positive effects of air pollution, instrumented by thermal inversions, on body mass index (BMI). Specifically, a 1 g/m3 (1.59%) increase in average PM2.5 concentrations in the past 12 months increases BMI by 0.31%, and further increases the overweight and obesity rates by 0.89 and 0.19 percentage points, respectively. Our paper identifies a new cause of obesity, and sheds new light on the morbidity cost of air pollution.