Contents

Gray Skies and Blue Moms:The Effect of Air Pollution on Parental Life Satisfaction

Ahram Han / Gi Khan Ten / Wang, Shun

  • 112 ITEM VIEW
  • 139 DOWNLOAD
Abstract

We investigate the effects of air pollution on individuals’ life satisfaction, uncovering important heterogeneity in the impact. Using self-reported life satisfaction data from South Korea, we show that individuals report, ceteris paribus, lower life satisfaction in response to worsening air quality if young children are present in the household. This observed impact is driven heavily by the subpopulation of mothers, and the impact on mothers attenuates as their children grow older. We conclude that mothers’ disproportionate responsibility for child rearing and children’s higher vulnerability to air pollution are the likely channels mediating the impact of air pollution on life satisfaction.

Issue Date
2020-04
Publisher
KDI School of Public Policy and Management
Keywords
Air pollution; Life satisfaction; Caregiving; Children; Social relations; Korea
Pages
40
Series Title
KDI School Working Paper 20-14
URL
http://ssrn.com/abstract=3588228
Language
ENG
Files in This Item:

Click the button and follow the links to connect to the full text. (KDI CL members only)

qrcode

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.