Air pollution is one of the biggest environmental and public health emergencies that the world is currently facing. Exposure to air pollutants, such as particulate matter, can have detrimental effects on health, cognition, and can also affect human behaviour. This can lead to respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses, premature death, and also to other negative economic consequences such as lower educational outcomes, higher crime rates, and reduced labour productivity. 

Our group of LSE-based economists and behavioral scientists analyses various complex aspects of the economics of air pollution (ambient and indoor), including the costs of air pollution, the health and well-being impacts of pollution, policy solutions and effectiveness, and the implications for inequality to better understand how to make progress in reducing the harms from air pollution. 

Our group produces world leading academic research and is also available to advise and support policy makers at the local, national, and international level. 

Associated Projects


Selected Research Publications

Clean Identification? The Effects of the Clean Air Act on Air Pollution, Exposure Disparities and House Prices American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Forthcoming

Induced Innovation and International Environmental Agreements: Evidence from the Ozone Regime Review of Economics and Statistics, Forthcoming

When externalities collide: influenza and pollution American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 15(2), 320-51, 2023

The price of indoor air pollution: evidence from risk maps and the housing market Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, 10(6), 2023

Dirty density: air quality and urban density of American cities Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. 118, 102767. 2023

The Private and External Costs of Germany’s Nuclear Phase-out Journal of the European Economic Association: 20(3), 1311–1346, 2022

Air pollution and urban road transport: evidence from the world’s largest low emission zone in London Environmental Economics and Policy Studies 23: 1-28, 2021

Crime is in the air: the contemporaneous relationship between air pollution and crime Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, 7 (3), 555-585, 2020

Have international pollution protocols made a difference? Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 103, 2020

The long run economic consequences of high-stakes examinations: evidence from transitory variation in pollution American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 8 (4): 36-65, 2016

Keep your clunker in the suburb: low emission zones and adoption of green vehicles Economic Journal, 124 (578): 481-512, 2014

Trends in clean air legislation in Europe: particulate matter and low emission zones Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 4(2): 293-308, 2010

Selected Research Working Papers

Carbon pricing with regressive co-benefits: evidence from British Columbia’s carbon tax. Grantham Research Institute (LSE) Working Paper 405, 2023

Disparities in pollution capitalization rates: the role of direct & systemic discrimination Grantham Research Institute (LSE) Working Paper 392, 2023

Air pollution and respiratory infectious diseases IZA Working Paper 15947, 2023

High levels of air pollution reduce team innovation Working Paper, 2022

Congestion pricing, air pollution, and individual-level behavioural responses Grantham Research Institute (LSE) Working Paper 362, 2021

Do healthy home checklists nudge people to test their home for radon? Evidence from a randomised control trial Grantham Research Institute (LSE) Working Paper 347, 2020

The economic cost of air pollution: Evidence from Europe OECD Working Paper 1584, 2019

Selected Policy Publications

The benefits of Clean Air Act regulations need to be measured carefully CEPR VoxEU, 2022

Pollution, the Flu Shot, and Hospitalizations Econofact, 2021

Air Pollution in Mongolia: Opportunities for further Actions UNDP, 2019

Air pollution, educational achievements, and human capital formation IZA, 2017

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