Low-emission zones reduce child asthma

A recent German study found that children who spent their time in the womb and their first year of life in low emission zones experienced a 13% reduction in asthma medication prescriptions by their fifth birthday. The study, published in the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, focused on children born between 2006 and 2017 in cities with low emission zones (LEZ), using air quality data and anonymized health records from Germany’s largest public health insurer. Researchers employed a quasi-experimental approach, comparing children born before and after the implementation of LEZ to control groups from cities that introduced these zones later. This method allowed them to isolate the causal effects of reduced pollution on early childhood health

Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change 13 May 2024 https://www.mcc-berlin.net/en/news/information/information-detail/articl...


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