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Air pollution increases crime in London

Higher levels of air pollution in London increase the rate of most types of crime in the capital and, in particular, less severe kinds such as shoplifting and pickpocketing. However, air pollution was not found to have a significant impact … Continue reading

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Award-winning paper on the costs of environmental policy

The study by Reed Walker (UC Berkeley) on “The Transitional Costs of Sectoral Reallocation: Evidence from the Clean Air Act and the Workforce” (Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2013) is recognized with the 2015 IZA Young Labor Economist Award. The author … Continue reading

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Mental health costs of access to unsafe drinking water

Fulfilling one of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals five years before schedule, 2.6 billion people gained access to sources of clean drinking water between 1990 and 2015. But with water arguably the most valuable resource on earth, the euphoria surrounding … Continue reading

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Low-emission-zones reduce fine dust pollution in German cities

Low-emission-zones (LEZ) is Europe’s most aggressive recent air pollution regulation: only vehicles that emit low levels of air pollutants are allowed to enter these areas. In Germany, vehicles are categorized into four mutually exclusive classes based on their emissions. Overall, … Continue reading

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Global warming: one hot day costs up to 70 cents per capita

With rising temperatures, sea levels and more and more episodes of extreme weather, most people agree that the global climate change is among the severest problems mankind will have to face in the next decades, and potentially centuries. Yet, there … Continue reading

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What is the right price of clean air?

How much are people willing to pay for clean air? Driven by this question, empirical economists have come up with a method to estimate the value of air quality. A new discussion paper by IZA Program Director Olivier Deschenes, Michael … Continue reading

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