Earth Institute Research Projects

The Impact of Environmental Conditions on the Productivity of Agricultural Worker

Lead PI: Matthew Neidell

Unit Affiliation: Mailman School of Public Health

January 2011 - December 2012
North America ; New York ; Cambridge, MA ; Massachusetts
Project Type: Research

DESCRIPTION: The Primary goal of environmental regulations is to protect human health and current regulations require understanding the full range of the health impact of pollution. By examining the impact of environmental conditions on the productivity of workers, our project provides a succinct summary measure of the impact of multiple morbidity channels that are typically overlooked in the analyses and design of environmental policy.

OUTCOMES: Several publications, media coverage, and policy presentations


NIH - National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences




Graff Zivin - National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)


1. Chang T, Graff Zivin J, Gross T, Neidell M. “The Effect of Pollution on Worker Productivity: Evidence from Call-Center Workers in China.” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 11(1), 2019

2. Neidell M. “Air Pollution and Worker Productivity.” IZA World of Labor, June, 2017.

3. Chang T, Graff Zivin J, Gross T, Neidell M. “Particulate Pollution and the Productivity of Pear Packers.” American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 8(3), 2016.

4. Graff Zivin J, Neidell M “Environment, Health, and Human Capital.” Journal of Economic Literature, 51(3), 2013.

5. Graff Zivin J, Neidell M. “The Impact of Pollution on Worker Productivity.” American Economic Review, 102(7), 2012.