A new GLO Discussion Paper studies the influence of ozone pollution on labor productivity in China.
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GLO Discussion Paper No. 722, 2020
Productivity Loss amid Invisible Pollution – Download PDF
by Wang, Chunchao & Lin, Qianqian & Qiu, Yun
GLO Fellow Yun Qiu
Author Abstract: Ground-level ozone is a continuing problem worldwide, but research on the influences of ozone pollution on labour productivity in developing countries is insufficient. We investigate the effect of ozone pollution on outdoor worker productivity in the service sector using a unique panel dataset of courier productivities from a top five express company in China. Using an instrumental variable constructed from ozone pollution of upwind nearby cities, we find that a one-standard-deviation increase in daily ozone pollution decreases courier productivity by 8.91%. The same increase in ozone in the previous 30 days decreases worker productivity by 37.9%.
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