Environmental Economics

Pollution Dose-Response Curves at the Micro Level

The report estimates the increased mortality risk associated with air pollution using national exposure data for the years 1978-82. The exposure data were obtained from pilot information from 455,000 individuals with life insurance policies written by a large insurance company. 1,191 of these individuals are known to have died during the study period.
Ambient pollution measurements from the Inhalable Particulate Monitoring Network (IPMN) for five fine particulate pollutants were merged with the insurance data by residential location, as were a variety of climate indicators.
The analysis suggests that average lead and sulfate concentrations are significantly positively associated with increased probability of death, that nitrates have no significant association, and that fine mass particulates and sulfur are significantly negatively associated.

  • Keywords

    Subject:
    1. Benefits Analysis
    1. Benefits Analysis - Quantification without Monetization
    Environmental Media:
    a. Air
    a. Air - Tropospheric
    Authors:
    Hay, Joel W.
    Gareis, Joseph
    EPA Project Officer/ Manager:
    Geographic Area:
    Study Purpose:
    Data Development
    Inventory Record #: EE-0038
  • Participating Organizations

    Research Organization:

    Connecticut, University of, Health CenterAddress:
    City: Farmington State: Conn. ZIP: 06032
    Phone: Fax:
    E-mail:
    Funding Organization:
    Environmental Protection AgencyAddress:
    City: Washington State: DC ZIP: 20460
    Phone: Fax:
    E-mail:
  • Report Details
    Type:
    Final
    Date:
    Number of Pages:
    63
    Comment:
    Grant/Contract #:
    68-01-6543
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