The 9/11 dust cloud and pregnancy outcomes: A reconsideration

Janet Currie, Hannes Schwandt

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The events of 9/11 released a million tons of toxic dust into lower Manhattan, an unparalleled environmental disaster. It is puzzling, then, that the literature has shown little effect of fetal exposure to the dust. However, inference is complicated by preexisting differences between the affected mothers and other NYC mothers as well as heterogeneity in effects on boys and girls. Using all births in-utero on 9/11 in NYC and comparing them to their siblings, we show that residence in the affected area increased prematurity and low birth weight, especially for boys.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)805-831
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Human Resources
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Strategy and Management


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