Heat, Humidity, and Infant Mortality in the Developing World

Michael Geruso, Dean Spears

NBER Working Paper No. 24870
Issued in July 2018, Revised in September 2018

---- Acknowledgments ----

We thank Alan Barreca, Sandy Black, David Figlio, Marco Gonzalez-Navarro, Raymond Guiteras, Kelsey Jack, Leigh Linden, David Molitor, Paulina Oliva, and Sheila Olmstead for useful conversations and feedback as well as conference/seminar participants at the Duke-NCSU environmental economics seminar, the 2018 PAA meeting, Princeton, and UT Austin. We thank Melissa LoPalo for excellent research assistance. We gratefully acknowledge financial support from the Population Health Initiative at UT Austin, from grants P2CHD042849 and T32HD007081, awarded to the Population Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant OPP1125318. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

---- Disclosure of Financial Relationships for Dean Spears ----

Dean Spears, while on leave without pay from UT-Austin, is paid a salary as Executive Director of r.i.c.e., a doing business as name of RICE Institute, Inc, a 501(c) public charity non-profit corporation online at Since its initial operations in 2013, r.i.c.e. has received grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, from the TRAction project of USAID, from the NIH, and from IGC – all with Dean Spears as a PI or co-PI.

Separately from r.i.c.e., Dean Spears has personally been paid as a Short Term Consultant at the World Bank, as a consultant for IPFRI, and as a short-term Visiting Fellow and Lecturer at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. He has had travel funded by the Gates Foundation, the World Bank, the Royal Economic Society, and by many universities for a conference or presentation. He was paid an honorarium by McMaster University as the 2017 Labelle Lecturer in Health Economics. His AIIS book prize paid a subvention to Harper Collins for his book Where India Goes with Diane Coffey, for which Spears and Coffey waived royalties. His Austin Robinson Memorial Prize resulted in a prize payment to r.i.c.e.

Spears attests that no party had the right to review the paper prior to its circulation.

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