The impact of cooking with firewood on respiratory health: evidence from Indonesia

Silwal, Ani Rudra and McKay, Andy (2015) The impact of cooking with firewood on respiratory health: evidence from Indonesia. Journal of Development Studies, 51 (12). pp. 1619-1633. ISSN 0022-0388

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Abstract

The vast majority of households in low-income countries cook with firewood, which is known to produce various airborne toxins. We examine whether cooking with firewood results in poorer respiratory health by using a unique Indonesian household survey that collected direct measures of lung capacity. We find that individuals living in households that cook with firewood have 9.4 per cent lower lung capacity than those that cook with cleaner fuels. This impact is larger for women and children than for men. The results strongly support the international policy focus on facilitating households to switch to cooking with cleaner fuels.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Depositing User: Joy Blake
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2015 09:45
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2016 11:08
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/57097
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