5
Feb
2020

Be Cautious with the Precautionary Principle: Evidence from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident | Matthew Neidell

Date:
5 February, 2020 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue:
Fawcett House (Formerly Tower 2), Room 9.04, London School of Economics, Clement’s Inn, London WC2A 2AZ

Matthew Neidell (Columbia University) will present the following paper:

Be Cautious with the Precautionary Principle: Evidence from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident

Abstract
This paper provides a large scale, empirical evaluation of unintended effects from invoking the precautionary principle after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident. After the accident, all nuclear power stations ceased operation and nuclear power was replaced by fossil fuels, causing an exogenous increase in electricity prices. This increase led to a reduction in energy consumption, which caused an increase in mortality during very cold temperatures. We estimate that the increase in mortality from higher electricity prices outnumbers the mortality from the accident itself, suggesting the decision to cease nuclear production has contributed to more deaths than the accident itself.

Download the full paper here

 

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