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The short-term and long-term effects of industrial pollution on human health in China

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Huali Xiang corresponding author
Jun Yang
Youye Zhang


The impact of environmental pollution on human health has become a consensus. Based on the provincial panel data of China from 2002 to 2017, this paper analyzes the impact of industrial wastes on human health. With respect to human health, average annual frequency of physician visits per capita (AAFPV) is used as a measure for the short-term human health; all-cause mortality is used to illustrate the long-term human health. The results show that in the short term, with the level of industrial smoke dust increasing every 1 percentage, AAFPV would increase by 0.24 percentage. This effect is significant in East China and West China. Central China is affected by industrial waste water, with a rate of increasing AAFPV by 0.12 percent for every 1 percent increase of chemical oxygen demand per unit area. In the long term, water pollution is the main influencing factor of all-cause mortality.

health production function, econometric analysis, human health, industrial pollution

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Supporting Agencies
This study was financially supported by Major Program of National Fund of Philosophy and Social Science of China (No. 18ZDA132).
How to Cite
Xiang, H., Yang, J., & Zhang, Y. (2021). The short-term and long-term effects of industrial pollution on human health in China. Health and Environment, 2(1), 68-83.


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