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Temperature, Disease and Death in London: Analyzing Weekly Data for the Century from 1866-1965

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1
Resource Type
Dataset
Creator
  • Hanlon, W. Walker (NYU Stern School of Business)
  • Hansen, Casper Worm (University of Copenhagen)
  • Kantor, Jake (NYU Stern School of Business)
Publication Date
2020-10-31
Description
  • Abstract

    Using novel weekly mortality data for London spanning 1866–1965, we analyze the changing relationship between temperature and mortality as the city developed. Our main results show that warm weeks led to elevated mortality in the late nineteenth century, mainly due to infant deaths from digestive diseases. However, this pattern largely disappeared after WWI as infant digestive diseases became less prevalent. The resulting change in the temperature–mortality relationship meant that thousands of heat-related deaths—equal to 0.9–1.4 percent of all deaths—were averted. These findings show that improving the disease environment can dramatically alter the impact of high temperature on mortality
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    DOI: 10.3886/E125721

Update Metadata: 2020-10-31 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2020-10-31

Hanlon, W. Walker; Hansen, Casper Worm; Kantor, Jake (2020): Temperature, Disease and Death in London: Analyzing Weekly Data for the Century from 1866-1965. Version: 1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/E125721V1