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Michael Greenstone

University of Chicago

Michael Greenstone is the Milton Friedman Professor in Economics, the College, and the Harris School, as well as the director of the Becker Friedman Institute and the interdisciplinary Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago. He previously served as the chief economist for President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers.

Articles by Michael Greenstone

Environment

China’s Air Pollution Edges Back from the Brink

Thursday, July 19, 2018

It is well known that air pollution is harmful to human health. What is much less known is how it specifically affects people over the long term. China’s Huai River policy, which dispensed free coal to northern China for winter heating, has inadvertently revealed to us that air pollution literally shaves years off our lives. But China has made considerable progress in confronting this pollution.