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Health, Environment, & Human Capital

Human capital can be defined as “the collective skills, knowledge, or other intangible assets of individuals that can be used to create economic value for the individuals, their employers, or their community.”

Human capital is widely viewed as playing an essential role in fostering economic growth and prosperity, particularly in developing countries; however, our understanding of the relationship between environmental quality and other elements of human capital is just emerging.

While the impacts of adverse environmental conditions on health are reasonably well understood, our understanding of its relationship to other elements of human capital is not fully formed. However, there is mounting evidence of its negative effects on cognitive ability, and school and job performance.

The Climate, Environment, and Human Capital Working Group, a multicampus consortium of researchers, was launched by IGCC in 2012 and helped to establish the agenda of this emerging field of inquiry.

Activities

Workshop on Climate, Environment, and Human Capital
May 16‒17, 2014
La Jolla, CA
 
Agenda (PDF)
Participants (PDF)
Speaker bios (PDF)
 
Workshop on Environment and Human Capital
January 19‒21, 2012
 
Agenda (PDF)
Participants (PDF)

Publications

Publication links are provided as a courtesy. Your access is dependent on your institution’s library holdings and online access policies.

Journal Articles

Bharadwaj, Prashant, Matthew Gibson, Joshua Graff Zivin, and Christopher Nielson. "Gray Matters: Fetal Pollution Exposure and Human Capital Formation." Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists 4 (2017): 505‒42.

Chang, Tom, Joshua Graff Zivin, Tal Gross, and Matthew Neidell. "Particulate Pollution and the Productivity of Pear Packers." American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 8 (2016): 141‒69.

Currie, Janet, Joshua Graff Zivin, Jamie Mullins, and Matthew Neidell. "What Do We Know About Short and Long Term Effects of Early Life Exposure to Pollution?" Annual Review of Resource Economics 6 (2014): 217‒47.

Graff Zivin, Joshua, and Matthew Neidell. "Air Pollution's Hidden Impacts.Science 359 (2018): 39‒40.

Graff Zivin, Joshua, and Matthew Neidell. “Environment, Health, and Human Capital.” Journal of Economic Literature 51 (2013): 689‒730.

Graff Zivin, Joshua, and Matthew Neidell. "The Impact of Pollution on Worker Productivity." American Economic Review  102 (2012): 3652‒73.

Working Papers

Chang, Tom, Joshua Graff Zivin, Tal Gross, and Matthew Neidell. "The Effect of Pollution on Worker Productivity: Evidence From Call-Center Workers in China." 21st Century China Center Research Paper No. 2018-09. December 5, 2018.

Graff Zivin, Joshua, Yingquan Song, Peng Zhang. and Qu Tang. "Temperature and High-Stakes Cognitive Performance: Evidence From The National College Entrance Examination in China." 21st Century China Center Research Paper No. 2018-08. December 6, 2018.