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Title: Economic consequences of air pollution

Abstract

Considerable effort has been devoted to the assessment of air quality and to the monitoring of each state's performance in attempting to meet air quality standards. It is natural to ask whether these efforts are worthwhile and whether they should be continued at present or increased levels. Legislation exists that develops a program of control to protect health (in terms of mortality and morbidity) and welfare (i.e., the effects of air pollution on vegetation, materials, visibility, and so forth). These mandates alone make it difficult for policy decisions involving pollution abatement programs to be made efficiently. The need for some quantification of the effects of air pollution in order to evaluate the benefits of such abatement programs has stimulated research among economists in two general areas. The first of these involves the relationship between air pollution levels and property values, and the second focuses on direct estimation of mortality--air pollution equations. While it is likely that the success in these empirical efforts has increased their interest to economists, it is also true that their role in policy making in the allocation of environmental resources has contributed to the expansion in this research. The purpose of this book is to examinemore » each of these research areas and to discuss their roles in policy analysis. Since the past research associated with the effects of air pollution has often been empirical with little attention directed to the theoretical foundations of the empirical association, many of the issues examined here focus on technical aspects of the previous studies. Extensive references are provided.« less

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OSTI Identifier:
7088260
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Book
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; AIR POLLUTION; ECONOMIC IMPACT; AIR POLLUTION ABATEMENT; COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS; AIR POLLUTION CONTROL; AIR QUALITY; ECONOMICS; ENERGY POLICY; EQUATIONS; MATHEMATICS; RESEARCH PROGRAMS; GOVERNMENT POLICIES; POLLUTION; POLLUTION CONTROL; 290300* - Energy Planning & Policy- Environment, Health, & Safety; 290200 - Energy Planning & Policy- Economics & Sociology; 530200 - Environmental-Social Aspects of Energy Technologies- Assessment of Energy Technologies- (-1989); 530100 - Environmental-Social Aspects of Energy Technologies- Social & Economic Studies- (-1989)

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Smith, V K. Economic consequences of air pollution. United States: N. p., 1976. Web.
Smith, V K. Economic consequences of air pollution. United States.
Smith, V K. Thu . "Economic consequences of air pollution". United States.
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