The Impact of Indoor Air Pollution on the Incidence of Life Threatening Respiratory Illnesses: Evidence from Young Children in Peru

Gissele Gajate Garrido
2011 Social Science Research Network  
IFPRI This paper analyzes the impact of indoor air pollution on boys and girls health, and the validity of various mitigation strategies using a panel of Peruvian children younger than six years old. It controls for unobserved child heterogeneity and important confounding variables established in the literature, but seldom available in surveys. I find a negative, statistically significant and considerable impact of indoor air pollution on child respiratory health. This impact is stronger and
more » ... y significant for boys. To discard a spurious correlation I show diarrhea, a priori not related to pollution, is not affected by cooking fuel choice.
doi:10.2139/ssrn.1879454 fatcat:5cheadbps5hdjjyxzrigtfw6ze