The Relationship Between Coal Mining Activity and Opioid Mortality

Wang, Qitong.


  • This paper uses restricted death data and coal production data to examine the relationship between coal mining activity and opioid overdose death. I find a positive relationship between the share of coal miners among the total local labor force and opioid mortality. When instrumenting with the price of natural gas, the results are very similar but less significant. I conclude that simply shutting ... read more
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