Department of Economics Spring 2019 Seminar Series

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 04/05/2019
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Location
BSB 103, Behavioral Sciences Building

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The Department of Economics Seminar Series for the Spring 2019 term continues on Friday, 4/5/19 at 3:00 pm in Behavioral Sciences room 103. The seminars are free and open to everyone.

April 5th’s speaker is Professor Scott Holladay. Holladay is an associate professor of Economics at the University of Tennessee and a Fellow at the Howard B. Baker Center for Public Policy. His research interests include environmental, energy and international economics. Before arriving at UT in 2010, Holladay served as a post-doctoral fellow at New York University School of Law’s Institute for Policy Integrity. He earned an M.A and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Colorado, and a B.A. in economics and a B.S. in computer science from Furman University. He has published his research in high-ranked field journals such as Journal of Environmental Economics and Management (2x), Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization and Energy Journal.

Holladay will present his ongoing research on the effect of pollution on children’s education outcomes referencing his paper: “The Barking Smog? Power Plants, Air Quality and Student Cognition.”

Abstract: There is growing awareness of the effects of air pollution on children’s education outcomes. While researchers have long been aware of the relationship between in-utero exposure to air pollution and cognitive performance, more recently evidence has emerged suggesting that student performance on high stakes tests could also be affected by their exposure to air pollution.

In this paper we take advantage of changes in generation at electric power plants to identify a causal relationship between air pollution and scores on year-end exams for students in North Carolina public schools. The results suggest that long-run exposure to pollution has a small, but significant effect on annual test scores. We find little evidence of short-run effects in reductions in air pollution among those exposed to high levels of pollution over longer terms.