Essays on Environmental and Labor EconomicsPublic Deposited
This dissertations consists of three chapters. The first chapter is on the topic of environmental economics and studies the question of the effects of air pollution on students’ school absences, finding significant and positive effects for air pollution, and PM10 in particular, on school absences. The second chapter is on the topic of labor economics and considers the determinants of international migration, with a focus on wage differences as the main explanatory variable. The analysis finds a positive and significant effect for wage differences across countries on the proportion of emigrants to non-emigrants from the source country. Finally, the last chapter analyzes the effects of issuance of cotton dust standards in the US on the productivity of textile industry and finds weak and negative effects for those regulations.