Does Pollution Drive Achievement? The Effect of Traffic Pollution on Academic Performance

  title={Does Pollution Drive Achievement? The Effect of Traffic Pollution on Academic Performance},
  author={Jennifer A Heissel and Claudia L. Persico and David Simon},
  journal={The Journal of Human Resources},
  pages={747 - 776}
ABSTRACT We examine the effect of traffic pollution on student outcomes by leveraging variation in wind patterns for schools the same distance from major highways. We compare within-student changes in achievement for students transitioning between schools near highways, where one school has greater levels of pollution because it is downwind of a highway. As students graduate from elementary/middle school to middle/high school, their test scores decrease, behavioral incidents increase, and… 
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