Indoor air pollution, health and economic well-being
15 Feb 2008
1Department of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and J-PAL, 50 Memorial Drive, E52-252G, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA
2New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and J-PAL, 295 Lafayette Street 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10012, USA
Abstract. Indoor air pollution (IAP) caused by solid fuel use and/or traditional cooking stoves is a global health threat, particularly for women and young children. The WHO World Health Report 2002 estimates that IAP is responsible for 2.7% of the loss of disability adjusted life years (DALYs) worldwide and 3.7% in high-mortality developing countries. Despite the magnitude of this problem, social scientists have only recently begun to pay closer attention to this issue and to test strategies for reducing IAP. In this paper, we provide a survey of the current literature on the relationship between indoor air pollution, respiratory health and economic well-being. We then discuss the available evidence on the effectiveness of popular policy prescriptions to reduce IAP within the household.