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The Needs of the Army: Using Compulsory Relocation in the Military to Estimate the Effect of Air Pollutants on Children's Health

Adriana Lleras-Muney
The Journal of Human Resources
Vol. 45, No. 3 (Summer 2010), pp. 549-590
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25703469
Page Count: 42
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Abstract

Recent research suggests that pollution has a large impact on asthma and other respiratory and cardiovascular conditions. But this relationship and its implications are not well understood. I use changes in location due to military transfers, which occur entirely to satisfy the needs of the army, to identify the causal impact of pollution on children's respiratory hospitalizations. I use individual-level data of military families and their dependents, matched at the zip code level with pollution data, for the period 1989–95. I find that for military children only ozone appears to have an adverse effect on health, although not for infants.

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