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Is China’s Pollution the Culprit for the Choking of South Korea? Evidence from the Asian Dust

Jia, R; Ku, H; (2019) Is China’s Pollution the Culprit for the Choking of South Korea? Evidence from the Asian Dust. The Economic Journal , 129 (624) pp. 3154-3188. 10.1093/ej/uez021. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper studies the impact of air pollution spillover from China to South Korea. To isolate the effects of cross-border pollution spillover from that of locally generated pollution, we exploit within-South Korea and over-time variation in the incidence of Asian dust—a meteorological phenomenon exogenous to district-time cells in South Korea—together with temporal variations in China's air quality. We find that conditional on being exposed to Asian dust, increased pollution in China leads to increased mortality from respiratory and cardiovascular diseases in South Korean districts, with the most vulnerable being the elderly and children under five.

Type: Article
Title: Is China’s Pollution the Culprit for the Choking of South Korea? Evidence from the Asian Dust
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/ej/uez021
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1093/ej/uez021
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Economics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10053278
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