Straw Burning, PM2.5 and Death: Evidence from China

HKUST IEMS Thought Leadership Briefs No. 51


Guojun He, Tong Liu, Maigeng Zhou

Agricultural straw burning significantly increases air pollution and cardiorespiratory mortality. A 10 µg/m3 increase in PM₂.₅ increases monthly mortality by 3.25%. Middle-aged and old people are particularly vulnerable to straw-burning pollution. Subsidizing straw recycling can bring about significant health benefits.

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He, Guojun, Tong Liu, and Maigeng Zhou. "Straw burning, PM2. 5, and death: evidence from China." Journal of Development Economics 


This project is supported by HKUST IEMS Research Grants.  


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