The Effects of Home Heating on Asthma: Evidence from New Zealand (2015)
AuthorsMenclova, A., Webb, R.show all
New Zealand, along with the US and Australia, has one of the highest asthma rates among developed countries and previous analyses attribute this partly to insufficient home heating in certain neighborhoods. International public health and medical studies corroborate this link but strong evidence of causality is lacking. In this paper, we empirically investigate the effect of home heating on hospital asthma admissions using panel data techniques and controlling for endogeneity. The hypothesis that higher electricity prices (via less adequate heating) increase hospital asthma admissions is tested and receives strong empirical support across a number of model specifications and datasets used. (JEL Code: I12)
CitationMenclova, A., Webb, R. (2015) The Effects of Home Heating on Asthma: Evidence from New Zealand. New Zealand Economic Papers.
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KeywordsAsthma; Home Heating; Electricity Price
ANZSRC Fields of Research11 - Medical and Health Sciences::1102 - Cardiovascular Medicine and Haematology::110203 - Respiratory Diseases
11 - Medical and Health Sciences::1117 - Public Health and Health Services::111706 - Epidemiology
14 - Economics::1402 - Applied Economics::140208 - Health Economics