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The effect of oil spills on infant mortality

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Oil spills can lead to irreversible environmental degradation and pose hazards to human health. We are the first to study the causal effects of onshore oil spills on neonatal and infant mortality rates. We use spatial data from the Nigerian Oil Spill Monitor and the Demographic and Health Surveys, and rely on the comparison of siblings conceived before and after nearby oil spills. We find that nearby oil spills double the neonatal mortality rate. These effects are fairly uniform across loc...

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University of Oxford Publisher's website
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OxCarre Papers
Publication date:
2017-09-24
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196
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1143549
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2020-12-14

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