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Mortality inequality, temperature, and public health provision: evidence from Mexico

Dechezlepretre, Antoine and Cohen, François (2017) Mortality inequality, temperature, and public health provision: evidence from Mexico. Working Paper (268). Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

In this paper the authors examine the heterogeneous impact of temperature shocks on mortality across income groups in Mexico using individual death records (1998–2010) and Census data. Random variation in temperatures is responsible for the death of around 45,000 people every year in Mexico, representing 8 per cent of deaths in the country. However, 88 per cent of weather-related deaths are induced by mildly cold days (of 10–20°C), while extremely hot days (over 32°C) kill a comparatively low number of people (less than 400 annually). Moreover, mildly cold temperatures only kill in the bottom half of the income distribution. The authors show that the Seguro Popular, a universal healthcare policy progressively rolled out during the sample period, reduced cold-related mortality among the poor by about 30 per cent.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://www.lse.ac.uk/GranthamInstitute/publication...
Additional Information: © 2017 LSE
Divisions: Grantham Research Institute
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Sets: Research centres and groups > Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
Date Deposited: 21 May 2018 09:33
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2020 23:07
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/88020

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