The following studies show how health and productivity is negatively affected by living or working in a building located in a metropolitan area, or near a highway, airport, or other highly-trafficked, pollutant-generating area.
Kevin J. Lane, Jonathan I. Levy, Madeleine K. Scammell, Junenette L. Peters, Allison P. Patton, Ellin Reisner, Lydia Lowe, Wig Zamore, John L. Durant, Doug Brugge
Environment International, vol. 92-93, pp. 173-182, 2016
The study by the Boston University School of Public Health, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and Tufts University indicates that those living within 1,5000 feet of a highway are at greater risk of cardiovascular disease than those living twice as far away.
Tom Chang, Joshua Graff Zivin, Tal Gross, Matthew Neidell
National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper No. 22328, 2016
This study by the National Bureau of Economic Research shows that higher level of pollution common to major cities has a detrimental effect on employee productivity.