Environmental Economics

What Do We Know About Benefits of Reduced Mortality from Air Pollution Control

This paper asserts that the mortality effects of air pollution are not well understood and that the unresolved difficulties in statistical epidemiology are the most important problem hampering improved estimation of the benefits of reduced mortality of air pollution control. The paper outlines the major statistical research problems that remain to be overcome in estimating the impact of air pollution on human health. These are: 1) errors in functional form, 2) omitted variables, and 3) simultaneity. The paper shows how these problems can significantly affect estimated effects. Comments on policy conclusions are made.

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    Subject:
    1. Benefits Analysis
    1. Benefits Analysis - Quantification without Monetization
    Environmental Media:
    a. Air
    a. Air - Tropospheric
    Authors:
    Gerking, Shelby D.
    Schulze, William D.
    EPA Project Officer/ Manager:
    Carlin, Alan
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    Study Purpose:
    Methodology Development & Evaluation
    Inventory Record #: EE-0260
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  • Report Details
    Type:
    Final
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    Number of Pages:
    18
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