Giant Oil Discoveries and Long-Term Health Effects: Evidence from China

Ohad Raveh, Yan Zhang

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Does the discovery and operation of a nearby giant oil field carry long-term health consequences? Capitalizing on the 2011–2018 waves of the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study, we find that a giant oil discovery occurring within a 60-km radius significantly decreases the relative average long-term health conditions of individuals born after it. Specifically, the average share of individuals diagnosed with a chronic disease in these areas increases, in relative terms, by 22%. This effect is observed most notably in diseases related to the respiratory, digestive, and urinary systems and may be driven by changes in the consumption habits of alcohol and tobacco.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)283-310
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2024


  • body mass index (BMI)
  • chronic diseases
  • long-term analysis
  • natural resource discoveries

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Economics and Econometrics


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