For Want of a Cup: The Rise of Tea in England and the Impact of Water Quality on Mortality Journal Article uri icon



  • Abstract; This paper explores the impact of water quality on mortality by exploiting a natural experiment: the rise of tea consumption in eighteenth century England. This resulted in an unintentional increase in consumption of boiled water, thereby reducing mortality rates. The methodology uses two identification strategies tying areas with lower initial water quality to larger declines in mortality rates after tea drinking became widespread and following larger volumes of tea imports. Results are robust to the inclusion of controls for income and access to trade. The hypothesis is further bolstered by suggestive evidence from cause specific deaths and early childhood mortality.

publication date

  • September 5, 2023

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Date in CU Experts

  • February 16, 2022 11:06 AM

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  • Antman FM

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  • 1

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0034-6535

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1530-9142

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