Choking on Structural Adjustment: Dependency and Exposure to Indoor Air Pollution in Developing Countries

Kelly F. Austin, Kellyn McCarthy
2016 World Journal of Social Science Research  
<p>Indoor air pollution represents a global health crisis, leading to 4.3 million deaths annually. Despite widespread variation in solid fuel burning across developing nations, little is known about the large scale socio-economic causes. We draw on theories of political-economy to consider the role of economic, social, and environmental predictors on solid fuel use, with a special focus on structural adjustment, debt service, and agricultural production. Utilizing a sample of 75 developing
more » ... 75 developing nations, we find that these economic dependencies increase solid fuel use. Thus, current neoliberal development strategies enhance vulnerabilities to indoor air pollution for millions of people in impoverished nations.</p>
doi:10.22158/wjssr.v3n2p161 fatcat:z4lsishdcjeh7jrg4so5to43ly