Crop burning and forest fires: Long-term effect on adolescent height in India

Prachi Singh* (Corresponding Author), Sagnit Dey

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This paper examines the effect of biomass burning on adolescent health in India. The biomass burning problem is quite acute especially in North India, with some states experiencing forest fires and few states actively engaging in crop burning practice. We combine remote sensing data on biomass burning events with a pan-India survey on teenage girls (TAG survey). We exploit regional and temporal variation in our data to establish the link between occurrence of extremely high levels of biomass burning during early life and adolescent height for girls in India. Our results indicate that exposure to extremely high level of biomass burning during prenatal and postnatal period is associated with lower height (by 0.7 percent or 1.07 cm) later in life. Girls from North India are found to be especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of exposure to biomass burning.
Original languageEnglish
Article number101244
Number of pages25
JournalResource and Energy Economics
Issue number101244
Early online date5 Jun 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2021


  • Human capital
  • India
  • Crop burning
  • Forest fires
  • Remote sensing


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