Mentions, Writings & Interviews (by topic)

Pollution and Productivity

Best Air Purifiers for Your Home Office, Consumer Reports, March 25, 2022

The economic case for fighting pollution to boost productivity, Financial Times, September 17, 2019.

How Pollution Can Hurt the Health of the Economy, The New York Times, November 27, 2018.

Welche Dosis macht das Gift? (in German) Deutschlandfunk (German Public Radio), July 29, 2018

Clean Air Is Good for Your Health and Good for the Economy, Truthout, May 17, 2018

Auch leichte Luftverschmutzung schadet (in German), Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), May 1, 2018

How air pollution affects office workers-and the economy, The Economist, October 5 2016

Pollution is making it harder for office workers to be productive, Yahoo! Finance, October 3, 2016

Air Pollution Is Making Office Workers Less Productive, Harvard Business Review, September 29, 2016

Air pollution takes its toll on productivity even for those with desk jobs, PBS NewsHour September 23, 2016

The Effect of Pollution on Worker Productivity, NBER Digest, September 2016

Impact of pollution on worker productivity, VoxEU (CEPR Policy Portal), July 15, 2016

The hidden toll of air pollution on office workers, The Washington Post, June 14, 2016

Pollution Affects Labor Productivity, Business Insider, June 20, 2015

New research shows air pollution might make you bad at your job, The Washington Post, March 10, 2014

Pollution and Productivity, PERC Policy Brief, December 4, 2013

How air pollution impacts worker productivity, ZDNet, December 19, 2012

Ozone levels have sizeable impact on worker productivity, Science Daily, December 18, 2012

When ozone drops, farm workers step up the pace, New York Times (Green Blog), November 9, 2011

The Impact of Ozone Pollution on Worker Productivity, NBER Digest, September 2011

Air Pollution Undermines Labor Productivity, Think Progress, May 3, 2011

Pollution and Health

Pollution, the Flu Shot, and Hospitalizations, Econofact, October 6, 2021

When externalities collide: influenza and pollution, Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, June 28 2021

The Dynamics of Air Pollution Impacts, NBER Reporter, June 2017

Reducing pollution should make children more productive and healthier, Child and Family Blog, August 19, 2016

Asthmatics still suffering from 1952 smog, The Times (of London), July 19, 2016 (page 2)

A lifetime later, a smog attack's full cost is seen, NPR marketplace, July 8, 2016

Pollution exposure can raise flu risk, Mint, November 12, 2020

The Long-Run Effects of Pollution Exposure on Mortality, NBER Bulletin on Aging & Health, September 2017

Pollution, Health, and Avoidance Behavior, NBER Digest, August 2009

Air Pollution and Infant Health, NBER Digest, February 2009

Air Pollution and Infant Mortality, PERC Policy Brief, December 1, 2006

The Effect of Air Pollution on Infant Health, NBER Bulletin on Aging & Health, June 2004

What Smog Alerts Might Teach Ridge About Colored Warnings, Wall Street Journal, March 28, 2002

Climate Impacts

How Heat and Air Pollution Affect Our Productivity, The Sweaty Penguin (, October 28, 2021

Health at COP26, The Lancet World Report, October 23, 2021

How does climate change affect workers' productivity? Economics Observatory, October 20, 2021

In hot weather, outdoor laborers work less-when economy is growing,, August 25, 2021.

Paper finds a surprising link between warmer temperatures and math test scores, The Washington Post, May 12, 2015

Nuclear Energy

Consequences Dramatiques (in French), Atlantico, December 7, 2022

Conversation with James Pethokoukis about unintended consequences of rejecting nuclear power, Faster, Please! The Podcast, October 20, 2022

Nuclear Power Isn't Perfect. Is It Good Enough? Freakonomics Radio, September 21, 2022

Be Cautious with the Precautionary Principle: Evidence from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident, Cato Research Briefs in Economic Policy, April 19, 2020

Fukushima: las más de 1.200 muertes que causó el accidente nuclear (y que no estuvieron relacionadas con la radiación) BBC News Mundo (in Spanish), November 20, 2019

Was shutting Japan's reactors deadlier than the Fukushima disaster? The Economist, November 7, 2019


Among Umpires, Calls Improve When the Stakes Are High, NBER Digest, October 2021

PROOF POINTS: Three strikes and you're out, The Hechinger Report, July 5 2021

Effectively Wild Episode 1715: It's Academic, FanGraphs Baseball, July 2, 2021

The importance of being beautiful, shifting blame, and bad calls on the baseball diamond, The Boston Globe, June 24, 2021

Coming attractions from The Weeds, Podcast Episode on Podbay, June 29, 2021

What Mark Zuckerberg, Barack Obama, and MLB umpires can teach us about making better decisions Fortune, June 23, 2021

Oral Health

The Economics of Teeth, and Other Beauty Premiums, Freakonomics, May 26, 2008

The Economics of Good Oral Hygiene, Wall Street Journal, May 19, 2008

The economic value of teeth, Marginal Revolution, October 31, 2007

I Love Your Smile - Or, Discrimination In The Workplace, HuffPost Life, December 6, 2017

Having Good Teeth Can Pay Off, NBER Digest, November 2008

Primary Sources, The Atlantic, Jan/Feb 2008