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Workshop | The economics of air pollution

The FREE Network together with the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE) invites academics to join a full day workshop session on the economics of air pollution at the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE). The workshop will provide presentations of the latest research on the economics of air pollution and will provide an in-depth look at how to conduct research on the topic.


The workshop will consists of two elements: (1) a session with paper presentations, and (2) tutorials from invited experts in the field. The tutorials will provide an in-depth look at how to conduct research on the topic of air pollution, covering issues related to data collection and data sources, methodology, statistical analysis, and interpretation of results. The workshop will provide presentations of the latest research but also give detailed guidance to economists interested in doing their own research on the topic.

Main speakers

Sefi Roth

Sefi is an Assistant Professor in Environmental Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and an Associate of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. He is one of the leading experts on the economics of air pollution with publications in the American Economic Journal and JAERE on the links between pollution levels and cognitive performance and crime.  

Claudia Persico

Claudia is an Assistant Professor of public policy at the American University. Her research focuses on environmental policy, inequality, health and education policy, with publications in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Labor Economics, and the Journal of Human Resources. Her current work examines the social and biological mechanisms underlying the relationships between poverty, the environment, and children’s cognitive development and health. In particular, much of her current research focuses on how early exposure to environmental pollution can cause inequality by affecting child and adult health, development, behavior, and academic achievement. Her research has been covered by the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, the Atlantic, and many other major media outlets. 

Marion Leroutier

Marion is a post-doctoral researcher at the Mistra Center for Sustainable Markets (Misum) at the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE). She is an applied environmental economist focusing on the two major environmental issues of ambient air pollution and climate change. Her work on air pollution and carbon pricing has been published in JEEM and Energy Economics and she was awarded the 2022 Best Doctoral Dissertation Award by the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.


Attend in person?

The event will take place in room Ragnar at SSE, Bertil Ohlins gata 5, 113 50 Stockholm. Please register via the Trippus platform (here).

Attend online?

The event will also be streamed online via the Zoom platform for those who cannot join the event in person. Please register via the Trippus platform (here).

A confirmation email will be sent to you within a few minutes. If you have not received the confirmation email within 10 minutes, please check your SPAM folder.

Please contact site@hhs.se if you have any questions regarding the event.

Preliminary program

08:45 Registration outside room Ragnar

09:00-09:10 Welcome address by Julius Andersson, SITE 

09:10-09:55 Claudia Persico, American University 

09:55-10:15 Coffee break (Outside room Ragnar)

10:15-11:00 Marion Leroutier, Misum  

11:00-12:00 Paper presentations I 

  • “Saving lives with cooking gas? Unintended effects of targeted LPG subsidies in Peru” by Thomas Thivillon, Paris Dauphine University 
  • “Displacing Congestion: Evidence from Paris” by Lea Bou Sleiman, CREST Ecole Polytechnique 

12:00-13:00 Lunch (Outside room Ragnar)

13:00-15:00 Paper presentations II

  • “Heterogeneous Effects of Air Pollution on Physical Tasks: Evidence from Amateur Track and Field” by Francesco Granella, Bocconi University 
  • “Air Pollution and Job Search Behaviour” by Mariët Bogaard, Maastricht University  
  • “Cycling toward cleaner cities? Evidence from New York City’s Bike Share Program” by Vincent Thorne, Trinity College  
  • “The Impact of Local Pollution Exposure on Hospital Admissions: Case of Lisbon Metropolitan Area” by Mariia Murasheva, Nova School of Business and Economics

15:00-15:30 Coffee break (Outside room Ragnar)

15:30-17:00 Sefi Roth, London School of Economics


In 2021 the FREE Network initiated the Forum for Research on Eastern Europe: Climate and Environment (FREECE). The long-run goal of FREECE is to provide guidance for policymakers in the region on how to promote economic development that is environmentally sustainable.

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