Another Reason to Clear the Air

Steven Rivkin's Study of Air Pollution and School Absenteeism

After publishing a paper linking increased levels of carbon monoxide to school absences, economics professor Steven Rivkin was quoted in stories in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Houston Chronicle newspapers and in radio programs on WFCR-FM and KTRH-AM.

Another Reason to Clear the Air: Better School Attendance

January 12, 2010                               

AMHERST, Mass.—High levels of air pollution—even levels considered acceptable by federal standards—markedly increase school absences, according to a new study by AmherstCollege economics professor Steven Rivkin, his former student E. Megan Kahn Shaw ’04 and a team of researchers.

Change Agents

Work in Progress

School Children in the Honduras
School children in Danli, Honduras, where a team from Amherst led a summer pilot study. 
By Emily Gold Boutilier