Estimates of Air Pollution in Delhi from the Burning of Fire Crackers during the Festival of Diwali

Published By: National Institute of Public Finance and Policy Ne | Published Date: February, 06 , 2018

Delhi is one of the most polluted cities in the world, especially in the winter months from October - January. These months coincide with the religious festival of Diwali. It is argued that air quality gets worse in the aftermath of Diwali on account of firecrackers that get burned during the festival. The hourly use of data on PM 2.5 particulate matter from 2013 to 2017 to estimate the Diwali effect on air quality in Delhi. The improvement on existing work by using the event study technique as well as a difference-in-difference regression framework to estimate the Diwali effect on air quality. The results suggest that Diwali leads to a small, but statistically significant increase in air pollution. The effect is different across locations within Delhi. To the knowledge of Authors, this is the first causal estimate of the contribution of Diwali firecracker burning to air pollution.

Author(s): Dhananjay Ghei, Renuka Sane | Posted on: Feb 27, 2018 | Views() | Download (408)

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