Environmental Economics

Physical and Economic Damage Functions for Air Pollutants by Receptor

This study is primarily concerned with evaluating regional economic damages to human health, material, and vegetation and of property soiling resulting from air pollution. This study represents a step forward in methodological development of air pollution damage estimation. It attempts to construct essential frameworks of the physical and economic damage functions which can be used for calculating comparable regional damage estimates for the several important receptors -- human health, material, and household soiling -- however tentative the damage estimates may appear to be. More importantly, aggregate economic damage functions instrumental for transforming the multifarious aspects of the pollution problem into a single, homogeneous monetary unit are tentatively derived and illustrated. It is hoped that these results will be of some use to guide policy makers as they make decisions on the implementation of programs to achieve “optimal” pollution levels for this country. Given the experimental nature of the methodological and statistical procedures and the degree of uncertainty associated with the study results, a great deal of caution should be exercised in using the products of this research.

  • Keywords

    1. Benefits Analysis
    1. Benefits Analysis - Quantification without Monetization
    1. Benefits Analysis - Valuation - Cost of Damages Avoided
    1. Benefits Analysis - Valuation - Cost of Damages Avoided - Mortality
    1. Benefits Analysis - Valuation
    1. Benefits Analysis - Valuation - Cost of Damages Avoided - Morbidity
    1. Benefits Analysis - Valuation - Cost of Damages Avoided - Resource/Environmental Harms
    Environmental Media:
    a. Air
    a. Air - Tropospheric
    Liu, Ben-chieh
    Yu, Eden Siu-hung
    EPA Project Officer/ Manager:
    Jaksch, John
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    Study Purpose:
    Empirical Application
    Inventory Record #: EE-0061
  • Participating Organizations

    Research Organization:

    Midwest Research InstituteAddress: 425 Volker Boulevard
    City: Kansas City State: MO ZIP: 64110
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    Funding Organization:
    Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development,
    Washington Environmental Research Center
    City: Washington State: DC ZIP: 20460
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    Date Linked: 05/28/2009
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