Air quality and error quantity: pollution and performance in a high-skilled, quality-focused occupation

Archsmith, James, Heyes, Anthony and Saberian, Soodeh (2017) Air quality and error quantity: pollution and performance in a high-skilled, quality-focused occupation. Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. ISSN 2333-5955 (Accepted)

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Abstract

We provide the first evidence that short-term exposure to air pollution affects the work performance of a group of highly-skilled, quality-focused employees. We repeatedly observe the decision-making of individual professional baseball umpires, quasi-randomly assigned to varying air quality across time and space. Unique characteristics of this setting combined with high-frequency data disentangle effects of multiple pollutants and identify previously under-explored acute effects. We find a 1 ppm increase in 3-hour CO causes an 11.5% increase in the propensity of umpires to make incorrect calls and a 10 mg/m3 increase in 12-hour PM2.5 causes a 2.6% increase. We control carefully for a variety of potential confounders and results are supported by robustness and falsification checks.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Economics
Depositing User: Anthony Heyes
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2018 16:14
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2018 16:14
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/73281

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