Smoke Particulates and Infant Mortality: Evidence from the 2018 California Wildfires
My paper examines the effects of exogenous variation in particulate matter from the 2020 California wildfires on infant mortality. Drawing upon vital statistics datasets and national air quality data, I use a county-level differences-in-differences estimation while controlling for maternal age, demographic variables and median county income to obtain an exposure estimate of the effect of air quality for each trimester of exposure. Finally, I use satellite datasets from the EPA and US Forest Service to extract a more fine-grained estimate of county-level particulate and discuss robustness of results to modification of various specifications. (This research is ongoing, but should be finished by the end of April).