Information and Avoidance Behavior : Do People Respond to Smog Alerts ?

  title={Information and Avoidance Behavior : Do People Respond to Smog Alerts ?},
  author={Matthew J. Neidell},
This paper examines whether individuals engage in avoidance behavior in response to information about air pollution. Specifically, I look at the impact of smog alerts on outdoor activities at three distinct outdoor facilities in Southern California. To identify the effect of smog alerts, I employ a regression discontinuity design that exploits the deterministic selection rule by which smog alerts are issued. Using this empirical strategy, I find considerable evidence that people increase… CONTINUE READING


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