Productivity Drops 1% for Every 1°F Rise in Temperature
If a new study (pdf) is an indication, global warming will make human lives less productive.
Tatyana Deryugina and Solomon M. Hsiang of the National Bureau of Economic Research used data collected from counties throughout the 48 contiguous U.S. states and compared increases in temperature with the output of human production. They determined that as things heat up, people slow down.
“Productivity of individual days declines roughly 1.7% for each 1°C (1.8°F) increase in daily average temperature above 15°C (59°F),” they wrote.
They also found that any time the mercury rises above 86°F, the average county loses $20.56 per capita of productivity.
“Hot weekends have little effect,” they added.
To Learn More:
Does the Environment Still Matter? Daily Temperature and Income in the United States (by Tatyana Deryugina and Solomon M. Hsiang, National Bureau of Economic Research) (pdf)
- Top Stories
- Unusual News
- Where is the Money Going?
- U.S. and the World
- Appointments and Resignations
- Latest News
- Cities across U.S. Prepare to Pay High Price for Resisting Trump Mass Deportations
- Only 1 in 4 Americans Want Health Care Law Repealed
- 9/11 Families Claim GOP Senators’ Proposal Will “Gut” New Law Allowing Them to Sue Saudi Arabia
- Conservation Groups Praise Wildlife Protection in Overhaul of Federal Land-Use Planning
- Federal Ethics Office Heaps Praise upon Trump for Agreeing to Divest Assets When He Didn’t