Valuing Health Effects: The Case of Ozone and Fine Particles in Southern California
12 Pages Posted: 21 Sep 2011
Date Written: October 2011
This study presents a conservative estimate of the health benefits that would result from attainment of the federal ozone and fine particle (PM) standards in the South Coast Air Basin of southern California. A three‐stage approach is used that links pollution exposures to adverse health outcomes to economic values. The annual value of the aggregate health benefits approaches $500 million (with a range of $295–$646 million) for ozone and exceeds $21 billion (with a range of $12.85–$34.22 billion) for fine particles. Such results are useful to regulatory agencies and other policy makers when evaluating the merits of various air pollution reduction strategies.
JEL Classification: Q51, Q53
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