Monday, February 16, 2009

Pollution and Life Expectancy

Following on from a discussion about pollution and life expectancy earlier today, it was a coincidence that I stumbled upon some relevant research. An article in the Tipperary Star cites research by Dr C Arden Pope III from the Department of Economics, Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and colleagues from Harvard. Their study matched air pollution in 51 cities with the life expectancy of their inhabitants between 1980 and 2000. It found that people in cities with the biggest shift from polluted to clean air had an average 10 months longer lifespan. The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

2 comments:

Liam Delaney said...

should we read anything into the fact that you have two citations from irish regional newspapers in a row? The Tipperary Star is my home paper - a great paper but not my first port of call for the latest happenings in the world of behavioural economics.

Martin Ryan said...

I think this may indicate that Irish regional newsppaers are using search engine optimisation!

The other ideas was that you might have started a behav econ dissemination project across the country, using the Tipp Star amongst others!