Social Science Seminar - Revealed Preference or Forced to Leave: Internal Migration Responses to Pollution Information
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Online Via Zoom

We exploit China's air quality disclosure program in 2013--2015 to examine how environmental information affects migration decisions. Using unique details on individual residential locations in 2011-2015 from the 2015 census data, we find that more residents migrate away from prefectures with poorer air quality following the program. This change in out-migration is mainly driven by individual preferences for clean air. Stricter environmental regulations following the program also contribute to around 30% of the total effect, and ignoring this would lead to a significant overestimation of the willingness to pay for clean air.

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<p><span lang="EN-US"><span><span><span>Zichen Deng is a postdoctoral fellow in the economics department and an affiliate at the FAIR Centre, both at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH). My current research focuses on the short-term and long-term consequences of environmental/public health policies. These projects contribute to several fields, including environmental, health, and development economics. To answer questions that the literature has rarely studied, I often combine statistics tools that are state of the art (causal inference, machine learning, and text analysis) with novel data sets (for instance, satellite data and large administrative data).</span></span></span></span></p>



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Speakers / Performers:
Dr Zichen DENG
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics
Division of Social Science