In a New York Times article titled “How A Healthy Economy Can Shorten Lifespans“, the author mentions Adriana Lleras-Muney’s research on the effects of industrial pollution on one’s quality of life and lifespan. The article outlines how many economic factors, like the boom and bust cycle, can adversely affect a person’s health. The article specifically cites Lleras-Muney’s co-published article that shows how 2/3 of all adverse health effects on a population can be attributed to air pollution alone. Conversely, when agricultural economies are on the rise mortality rates tend to sink. It has been only in the post-war period, when America’s industrial activity started to become the dominant feature in the economy, that a rising economy has correlated with a rising mortality rate.