Lint Barrage is Assistant Professor of Economics at U.C. Santa Barbara. Her research investigates how environmental processes and policies affect macroeconomic outcomes and human welfare.
Content by Lint Barrage
Publication - Policy Brief
Airborne particulates kill millions of people each year. Analysis of global data describing particulate exposure suggests that an important component of exposure is determined by country-level policies. Statistically, the three best predictors of mean particulate exposure in a country are: Coal consumption, organic fuel consumption/agricultural burning, and urban...
Air pollution is harmful to health and growing literature suggests it is also harmful to productivity. This project aims to understand the determinants of exposure, that is, concentrations of people living in polluted places. We plan to assess the reduction in exposure that follows from policy interventions affecting urbanisation, power generation, transportation,...
Publication - Working Paper
We assemble global spatially disaggregated panel data describing ambient particulate levels and transport, population, and economic and polluting activities. These data indicate the importance of country level determinants of pollution, of the equilibrium process that separates or brings together people and particulates, of urbanization, and of the composition of economic...
The map below is based on 14 years of remotely sensed measurements of airborne particulates. It shows unsurprising patterns in the distribution of air pollution across the globe. There are high levels of pollution in China, India, and sub-Saharan Africa. Agricultural burning in the Amazon is important for central South America. North America and Europe are relatively...