Essays On The Economics Of Air Quality Control

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Comparing Pollution Where You Live and Play: A Hedonic Analysis of Enterococcus in the Long Island Sound

Megan Kung; Dennis Guignet; Patrick Walsh

Recreation, Valuation, Water Pollution

2017-07Retrospective Evaluation of the Costs Associated with the 2004 Automobile and Light-Duty Truck Surface Coating NESHAPAnn Wolverton; Ann E. Ferris; Nathalie Simon

Air Pollution, Benefit-Cost Analysis, Costs of Pollution Control

2017-06Data Center Energy Efficiency Investments: Qualitative Evidence from Focus Groups and Interviews

Heather Klemick; Elizabeth Kopits; Ann Wolverton

Energy, Environmental Policy

2017-05Environmental Regulation and Labor Demand: The Northern Spotted OwlFerris, Ann E.

Distributional Effects, Economic Impacts, Environmental Policy

2017-04Welfare Analysis in a Two-Stage Inverse Demand Model: An Application to Harvest Changes in the Chesapeake BayMoore, Chris; Griffiths, Charles

Fisheries, Modeling, Water Pollution

2017-03Economy-Wide Effects of Mortality Risk Reductions from Environmental PoliciesMarten, Alex L.; Stephen C. Newbold

Air Pollution, Benefit-Cost Analysis, Health

2017-02Commercial fishing and outdoor recreation benefits of water quality improvements in the Chesapeake BayMassey, David M.; Moore, Chris; Newbold, Stephen C,; Ihde, Tom; Townsend, Howard

Biodiversity, Fisheries, Recreation/Travel Demand, Valuation Methods

2017-01The Impacts of Environmental Regulation on the U.S. Economy

Ferris, Ann; Garbaccio Richard; Marten, Alex; Wolverton, Ann

Air Pollution, Costs of Pollution Control, Economic Impacts

2016-05Evaluating the Effectiveness of Voluntary Programs: Did Ohio's Tox-Minus Initiative Affect Participants' TRI Emissions?Griffiths, Charles; Wheeler, Will;  Wolverton, Ann

Air Pollution, Toxic Substances, Pollution Control Options and Economic Incentives

2016-04Burden Sharing Under the Paris Climate AgreementGlenn Sheriff

Climate Change, Distributional Effects, International and Global Issues: General

2016-03The Impacts of Underground Petroleum Releases on a Homeowner's Decision to Sell: A Difference-in-Differences ApproachGuignet, Dennis B.;  Martinez-Cruz, Adan L.Environmental Management: General, Water Pollution, Economic Damages/Benefits, Economic Impacts
2016-02Modeling the Impact of Climate Change on Extreme Weather LossesRanson, Matthew; Tarquinio, Lisa; Lew, AudreyEconomic Damages/Benefits; Climate Change; Modeling
2016-01Do Housing Values Respond to Underground Storage Tank Releases? Evidence from High-Profile Cases across the United StatesGuignet, Dennis; Jenkins, Robin R.; Ranson, Matthew; Walsh, Patrick J.Economic Damages/Benefits; Agriculture: Land Use; Valuation
2015-07Modeling the Property Price Impact of Water Quality in 14 Chesapeake Bay CountiesWalsh, Patrick J.; Griffiths, Charles; Guignet, Dennis; Klemick, HeatherWater Pollution; Recreation; Visibility; Valuation Methods; Water Resources; Benefit-Cost Analysis; Valuation
2015-06A Stated Preference Study of the Chesapeake Bay and Watershed LakesMoore, Chris; Guignet, Dennis; Maguire, Kelly B.; Dockins, Chris; Simon, Nathalie B.Water Pollution; Economic Damages/Benefits; Existence/Nonuse Values; Benefit-Cost Analysis; Valuation
2015-05The Property Value Impacts of Groundwater Contamination: Agricultural Runoff and Private WellsGuignet, Dennis; Northcutt, Rachel; Walsh, Patrick J. Water Pollution; Valuation Methods; Non-Point Source Pollution; Valuation
2015-04Explaining Variation in the Value of Chesapeake Bay Water Quality Using Internal Meta-analysisKlemick, Heather; Griffiths, Charles, Guignet, Dennis; Walsh, PatrickWater Pollution; Economic Damages/Benefits; Valuation Methods; Marine/Coastal Zone Resources; Valuation
2015-03The Energy Efficiency Paradox: A Case Study of Supermarket Refrigeration System Investment DecisionsKlemick, Heather; Kopits, Elizabeth; Wolverton, AnnAir Pollution; Energy; Benefit-Cost Analysis
2015-02Adaptation, Sea Level Rise, and Property Prices in the Chesapeake Bay WatershedWalsh, Patrick J.; Griffiths, Charles; Guignet, Dennis; Klemick, HeatherEconomic Damages/Benefits; Recreation; Valuation Methods; Risk Assessment; Renewable Resources and Conservation: General; Water Resources; International and Global Issues: General; Climate Change; Population
2015-01How Did Air Quality Standards Affect Employment at U.S. Power Plants? The Importance of Stringency, Geography, and TimingSheriff, Glenn; Ferris, Ann E; Shadbegian, Ronald J. Air Pollution; Economic Impacts
2014-05Prevention, Cleanup, and Reuse Benefits From the Federal UST ProgramJenkins, Robin R.; Guignet, Dennis; Walsh, Patrick J.Hazardous Waste; Renewable Resources and Conservation: Land Use; Benefit-Cost Analysis
2014-07Climate Change and Space Heating Energy Demand: A Review of the LiteratureRanson, Matthew; Morris, Lauren; Kats-Rubin, AlexEconomic Damages/Benefits; Energy; Climate Change
2014-06The Implicit Price of Aquatic GrassesGuignet, Dennis; Griffiths, Charles; Klemick, Heather; Walsh, PatrickValuation; Air Pollution; Water Pollution
2014-04The Role of Scenario Uncertainty in Estimating the Benefits of Carbon MitigationMarten, Alex L.Economic Damages/Benefits; Climate Change
2014-03The Effect of Environmental Regulation on Employment: An Examination of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments and its Impact on the Electric Power SectorFerris, Ann; Shadbegian, Ronald J.; Wolverton, AnnAir Pollution; Pollution Control Options and Economic Incentives; Economic Impacts
2014-02Heavy-Duty Trucks and the Energy Efficiency ParadoxKlemick, Heather; Kopits, Elizabeth; Sargent, Keith; Wolverton, AnnPollution Control Adoption and Costs; Government Policy
2014-01To Sell Or Not To Sell: The Impacts of Pollution on Home TransactionsGuignet, DennisEconomic Impacts; Water Pollution; Air Pollution
2013-06Household Decision-Making and Valuation of Environmental Health Risks to Parents and their ChildrenAdamowicz, Wiktor; Dickie, Mark; Gerking, Shelby; Veronesi, Marcella; Zinner, DavidEconomic Damages/Benefits; Valuation; Children's Health
2013-05Impacts of Ethanol Policy on Corn Prices: A Review and Meta-Analysis of Recent EvidenceCondon, Nicole; Klemick, Heather; Wolverton, AnnLand Use; Energy, Environmental Policy; Transportation
2013-04Ranking Distributions of Environmental Outcomes Across Population GroupsSheriff, Glenn; Maguire, Kelly BIndoor Air Quality; Benefit-Cost Analysis; Distributional Effects
2013-03Do EPA Regulations Affect Labor Demand? Evidence from the Pulp and Paper IndustryShadbegian, Ronald J.; Gray, Wayne B.; Wang, Chumbei; Cebi, MerveEconomic Impacts; Air Pollution; Water Pollution
2013-02Ecosystem Damages in Integrated Assessment Models of Climate ChangeBrooks, Wesley R.; Newbold, Stephen C.Biodiversity; Climate Change; Valuation
2013-01Moving Forward with Incorporating "Catastrophic" Climate Change into Policy AnalysisKopits, Elizabeth; Marten, Alex L.; Wolverton, AnnClimate Change
2012-07Valuation of Human Health: An Integrated Model of Willingness to Pay for Mortality and Morbidity Risk ReductionsGerking, Shelby; Dickie, Mark; Veronesi, MarcellaValuation; Children's Health
2012-06Do Environmental Regulations Disproportionately Affect Small Businesses? Evidence from the Pollution Abatement Costs and Expenditures SurveyBecker, Randy A.; Shadbegian, Ronald J.; Pasurksa, CarlEconomic Impacts
2012-05Water Quality Index Aggregation and Cost Benefit AnalysisWalsh, Patrick J.; Wheeler, WilliamEconomic Impacts
2012-04What is the Optimal Offsets Discount under a Second-Best Cap & Trade Policy?Klemick, HeatherClimate Change; Environmental Policy; Pollution Control Options and Economics Incentives
2012-03Carbon Pricing with Output-Based Subsidies: Impacts on U.S. Industries over Multiple Time FramesAdkins, Liwayway; Garbaccio, Richard; Ho, Mun; Moore, Eric; Morgenstern, RichardEconomic Impacts; Modeling
2012-02A Multi-Method, Spatial Approach for Explaining the Appearance and Passage of Open Space ReferendaHeintzelman, Martin D.; Walsh, Patrick J.; Grzeskowiak, Dustin J.Modeling; Growth Issues; Land Use
2012-01What Do Property Values Really Tell Us? A Hedonic Study of Underground Storage TanksGuignet, DennisEconomic Impacts
2011-07Do Regulators Overestimate the Costs of Regulation?Simpson, DavidCosts of Pollution Control; Pollution Control Options and Economic Incentives
2011-06Welfare Impacts of Ocean Acidification: An Integrated Assessment Model of the US Mollusk FisheryMoore, Christopher C.Economic Impacts; Renewable Resources and Conservation
2011-05Offset Markets for Nutrient and Sediment Discharges in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed: Policy Tradeoffs and Potential StepsManale, Andrew; Morgan, Cynthia; Sheriff, Glenn; Simpson, DavidWater Pollution; Land Use; Non-Point Source Pollution
2011-04CERCLA's Overlooked Cleanup Program: Emergency Response and RemovalJenkins, Robin R.; Klemick, Heather; Kopits, Elizabeth; Marten, Alex L.Land Use; Air Pollution; Water Pollution
2011-03Valuing Health Risk Changes Using a Life-Cycle Consumption FrameworkNewbold, Stephen C.Economic Impacts
2011-02Quantifying the Distribution of Environmental Outcomes for Regulatory Environmental Justice AnalysisMaguire, Kelly B.; Sheriff, GlennDistributional Effects
2011-01Estimating the Social Cost of Non-CO2 GHG Emissions: Methane and Nitrous OxideMarten, Alex L.; Newbold, Stephen C.​Climate Change, Economic Impacts
2010-12How Many Times Could You Replicate Polyface Farm? A Schematic Model of Ecosystem Services in AgricultureSimpson, DavidLand Use; Sustainable Agriculture
2010-11Poverty Status and IQ Gains from Revising the Dust Lead Hazard Standards: A Method for Evaluating Environmental Justice Implications?LaPenta, MatthewDistributional Effects; Children's Health
2010-10Environmental Justice: Do Poor and Minority Populations Face More Hazards?Gray, Wayne B.; Shadbegian, Ronald J.; Wolverton, AnnAir Pollution; Distributional Effects; Enforcement Issues
2010-09Preliminary Stated-Preference Research on the Impact of LUST Sites on Property Values: Focus Group ResultsAlberini, Anna; Guignet, DennisEconomic Damages/Benefits; Valuation Methods
2010-08Regulatory Impact Analyses of Environmental Justice EffectsBanzhaf, SpencerBenefit-Cost Analysis; Distributional Effects
2010-07The "Social Cost of Carbon" Made SimpleNewbold, Steve; Griffiths, Charles; Moore, Christopher C.; Wolverton, Ann; Kopits, ElizabethClimate Change; Benefit-Cost Analysis
2010-06An Options Based Bioeconomic Model for Biological and Chemical Control of Invasive SpeciesMarten, Alex L.; Moore, Christopher C.Biodiversity
2010-05Location Decisions of U.S. Polluting Plants: Theory, Empirical Evidence, and ConsequencesShadbegian, Ronald J.; Wolverton, AnnDistributional Effects; Economic Impacts
2010-04Allocating Land for an Ecosystem Service: A Simple Model of Nutrient Retention with an Application to the Chesapeake Bay WatershedSimpson, DavidCosts of Pollution Control; Land Use
2010-03Optimal Border Policies for Invasive Species under Asymmetric InformationFernandez, Linda; Sheriff, GlennPollution Control Options and Economic Incentives; International Trade
2010-02The Spatial Extent of Water Quality Benefits in Urban Housing MarketsWalsh, Patrick; Milon, J. Walter; Scrogin, DavidWater Pollution; Valuation Methods; Benefit-Cost Analysis
2010-01A Hedonic Analysis of the Impact of LUST Sites on House Prices in Frederick, Baltimore, and Baltimore City CountiesZabel, Jeffrey; Guignet, DennisEconomic Damages/Benefits; Valuation Methods
2009-06Asthma Medication Use and Air Pollution in California: A Cross-Sectional AnalysisGriffiths, Charles; Simon, Nathalie B.; Woodruff, Tracey J.Ambient Air Quality; Risk Assessment; Children's Health
2009-05Simple Mechanisms for Managing Complex AquifersAthanassoglou, Stergios; Sheriff, Glenn; Siegfried, Tobias; Huh, Woonghee TimWater Resources
2009-04Evaluating the Consumer Response to Fuel Economy: A Review of the LiteratureHelfand, Gloria; Wolverton, AnnMotor Fuels; Economic Impacts
2009-03The Role of Demographic and Cost-Related Factors in Determining Where Plants Locate - A Tale of Two Texas CitiesWolverton, AnnAir Pollution; Industrial Sources
2009-02Spatial Patterns in Regulatory Enforcement: Local Tests of Environmental JusticeShadbegian, Ronald J.; Gray, Wayne B.Enforcement Issues; Distributional Effects
2009-01State Hazardous and Solid Waste Taxes: Understanding Their VariabilityMaguire, Kelly B.; Jenkins, Robin R.Solid Waste; Hazardous Waste; Distributional Effects
2008-12Evaluating Voluntary Programs with Spillovers: The Case of Coal Combustion Products PartnershipLange, IanSolid Waste; Electric Power; Environmental Policy
2008-11Preventing Biological Invasions: Doing Something vs. Doing NothingSimpson, DavidEconomic Damages/Benefits; International Trade
2008-10The Green Industry: An Examination of Environmental Products ManufacturingBecker, Randy A.; Shadbegian, Ronald J.Environmental Policy; Economic Impacts
2008-09Determining the Extent of Market and Extent of Resource for Stated Preference Survey Design Using Mapping MethodsVajjhala, Shalini P.; John, Anna Mische; Evans, David A.Economic Damages/Benefits; Existence/Nonuse Values; Valuation Methods
2008-08Effects of Socio-Economic and Input-Related Factors on Polluting Plants' Location DecisionsWolverton, AnnCosts of Pollution Control; Environmental Policy; Distributional Effects
2008-07Valuing Forest Protection Programs to Maximize Economic BenefitMoore, Christopher C.; Holmes, Thomas P.Economic Damages/Benefits; Forests; Benefit-Cost Analysis
2008-06Climate Response Uncertainty and the Unexpected Benefits of Greenhouse Gas Emissions ReductionsDaigneault, Adam; Newbold, SteveClimate Change; Economic Impacts
2008-05Forest Fallow Ecosystem Services: Evidence from the Eastern AmazonKlemick, HeatherForests; Sustainable Agriculture; Environment and Development
2008-04Technology Diffusion and Environmental Regulation: The Adoption of Scrubbers by Coal-Fired Power PlantsFrey, ElainePollution Control Options and Economic Incentives; Environmental Policy
2008-03Estimating Welfare Effects from Supply Shocks with Dynamic Factor Demand ModelsDaigneault, Adam; Sohngen, BrentForests; Environmental Policy; Economic Impacts
2008-02Technology, International Trade, and Pollution from U.S. ManufacturingLevinson, ArikIndustrial Sources; International Trade
2008-01Redesign of the 2005 Pollution Abatement Costs and Expenditure SurveyGallaher, Michael; Morgan, Cynthia; Shadbegian, Ronald J.Costs of Pollution Control
2007-11State Dependence and Long Term Site Capital in a Random Utility Model of Recreation DemandMassey, D. Matthew; Parsons, George R.Marine/Coastal Zone Resources; Recreation/Travel Demand
2007-10Environmental Policy Induced Input Substitution? The Case of Coking and Steam CoalLange, IanEnergy; Distributional Effects
2007-09Diving Demand for Large Ship Artificial ReefsMorgan, Ash; Massey, Matt; Huth, WilliamMarine/Coastal Zone Resources; Recreation/Travel Demand
2007-08Issues and Challenges in Measuring Environmental Expenditures by U.S. Manufacturing: The Redevelopment of the PACE SurveyBecker, Randy A.; Shadbegian, Ronald J.Costs of Pollution Control
2007-07New Research Suggests That Emissions Reductions May Be a Risky and Very Expensive Way to Avoid Dangerous Global Climate ChangesCarlin, AlanClimate Change; Environmental Policy; Institutional Issues: General
2007-06Evaluating the Effectiveness of EPA Voluntary Programs: An Examination of the Strategic Goals Program for Metal FinishersBrouhle, Keith; Griffiths, Charles; Wolverton, AnnPollution Control Options and Economic Incentives; Environmental Policy
2007-05Environmental Challenges Associated With Corn Ethanol ProductionOgg, ClayClimate Change
2007-04If Geoengineering Is The First Best Step Towards Global Climate Change Control, How Could It Best Be Implemented?Carlin, AlanClimate Change; Environmental Policy; Institutional Issues: General
2007-03The Impact of Imperfect Information on the Transactions of Contaminated PropertiesZabel, JeffreyHazardous Waste; Land Use; Benefit-Cost Analysis
2007-02Moving Beyond Cleanup: Identifying the Crucibles of Environmental GentrificationBanzhaf, Spencer; McCormick, EleanorHazardous Waste; Land Use; Distributional Effects
2007-01Employment Effects of Brownfield Redevelopment What Do We Know from the Literature?Howland, MarieHazardous Waste; Land Use; Economic Impacts
2006-04Global Climate Control: Is There a Better Strategy Than Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions?Carlin, AlanClimate Change; Environmental Policy; Benefit-Cost Analysis
2006-03Measuring the Social Benefits of EPA Land Cleanup and Reuse ProgramsJenkins, Robin R.; Kopits, Elizabeth; Simpson, DavidHazardous Waste; Valuation Methods; Benefit-Cost Analysis
2006-02A Note on Trasande et al., “Public Health and Economic Consequences of Methylmercury Toxicity to the Developing BrainGriffiths, Charles; McGartland, Al; Miller, MaggieAir Pollution; Economic Damages/Benefits; Health
2006-01Policy Innovation Impacts on Scrubber Electricity UsageLange, Ian; Bellas, AllenCosts of Pollution Control; Electric Power; Environmental Policy
2005-09Benefits and Costs from Sulfur Dioxide Trading: A Distributional AnalysisMorgan, Cynthia; Shadbegian, Ronald J.; Gray, Wayne B.Air Pollution; Benefit-Cost Analysis, Distributional Effects; Pollution Control Options and Economic Incentives
2005-08Improving Willingness to Pay Estimates for Quality Improvements Through Joint Estimation with Quality PerceptionsWhitehead, John C.Water Pollution; Economic Damages/Benefits; Valuation Methods
2005-07Water Quality Trading in the United StatesMorgan, Cynthia; Wolverton, AnnWater Pollution; Pollution Control Options and Economic Incentives; Non-Point Source Pollution
2005-06Comparison of the Environmental Impacts of Trade and Domestic Distortions in the United StatesCreason, Jared; Fisher, Michael; Morin, Isabelle; Stone, Susan F.International Trade; Economic Impacts; Modeling
2005-05Assessing Multi-Dimensional Performance: Environmental and Economic OutcomesShadbegian, Ronald J.; Gray, Wayne B.Water Pollution; Air Pollution; Enforcement Issues; Environmental Policy
2005-04A Technology Assessment of Light Emitting Diode (LED) Solid-State Lighting for General IlluminationSlocum, AmandaEnergy; Climate Change
2005-03The Effects of Water Quality on Coastal Recreation Flounder FishingMassey, Matt; Newbold, Steve; Gentner, BradWater Pollution; Recreation; Valuation Methods
2005-02The Economic Impacts of Aquatic Invasive Species: A Review of the LiteratureLovell, Sabrina J.; Stone, Susan F.Economic Damages/Benefits; Marine/Coastal Zone Resources; Biodiversity
2005-01Robustness of VSL Values from Contingent Valuation SurveysAlberini, AnnaHealth; Benefit-Cost Analysis; Valuation
2004-09PACE Survey: Background, Applications, and Data Quality IssuesRoss, Martin T.; Gallaher, Michael P.; Murray, Brian C.; Throneburg, Wanda W.; Levinson, ArikCosts of Pollution Control
2004-08A Change of PACE: Comparing the 1994 and 1999 Pollution Abatement Costs and Expenditures SurveysBecker, Randy A.; Shadbegian, Ronald J.Costs of Pollution Control
2004-07When and Why Do Plants Comply? Paper Mills in the 1980sGray, Wayne B.; Shadbegian, Ronald J.Air Pollution; Enforcement Issues; Environmental Policy
2004-06Overview of Existing Studies on Community Impacts of Land ReuseWernstedt, KrisHazardous Waste; Economic Impacts
2004-05The Use of Voluntary Approaches for Environmental Policymaking in the U.S.Brouhle, Keith; Griffiths, Charles; Wolverton, AnnPollution Control Options and Economic Incentives; Environmental Policy
2004-04Benefit Transfer Functions for Avoided Morbidity: A Preference Calibration ApproachVan Houtven, George; Pattanayak, Subhrendu K.; Smith, V. KerryHealth; Valuation
2004-03Characterization of Reuse Activities at Contaminated SitesVitulli, Angela; Dougherty,Charlotte; Bosworth, KimberlyHazardous Waste; Land Use; Environmental Policy
2004-02Focus on Babies: Evidence on Parental Attitudes Towards Pesticide RisksMaguire, Kelly B.; Owens, Nicole; Simon, Nathalie B.Health; Valuation; Children's Health
2004-01Willingness to Pay for Mortality Risk Reductions: Does Latency Matter?Alberini, Anna; Cropper, Maureen; Krupnick, Alan; Simon, Nathalie B.Health; Discounting; Valuation
2003-08Comparing Exposure Metrics in the Relationship between PM2.5 and Birth Weight in CaliforniaParker, Jennifer D.; Heck, Katherine; Schoendorf, Kenneth C.; Saulnier, Louise; Basu, Rupa; Woodruff, Tracey J.Air Pollution; Exposure Assessment
2003-07The Pace of PACE at the Environmental Protection AgencyIovanna, Rich; Maguire, Kelly; McGartland, AlCosts of Pollution Control; Cross-media pollution
2003-06On the Measurement of Job Risk in Hedonic Wage ModelsBlack, Dan A.; Kniesner, Thomas K.Health; Valuation Methods; Valuation
2003-05Pollution Abatement Expenditures and Plant-Level Productivity: A Production Function ApproachShadbegian, Ronald J.; Gray, Wayne B.Costs of Pollution Control; Environmental Policy
2003-04The Two-Part Instrument in a Second-Best WorldWolverton, Ann; Fullerton, DonPollution Control Options and Economic Incentives; Environmental Policy; Modeling
2003-03What Determines Environmental Performance at Paper Mills? The Roles of Abatement Spending, Regulation, and EfficiencyShadbegian, Ronald J.; Gray, Wayne B.Costs of Pollution Control; Air Pollution; Environmental Policy
2003-02Self Protection and Averting Behavior, Values of Statistical Lives, and Benefit Cost Analysis of Environmental PolicyBlomquist, Glenn C.Health; Valuation
2003-01Market-Based Policies for Pollution Control in Latin AmericaWest, Sarah; Wolverton, AnnPollution Control Options and Economic Incentives; Environment and Development; Environmental Policy
2002-10Benefits Transfer of Children’s Health ValuesMarkowski, MarlaBenefit-Cost Analysis; Children's Health
2002-09Valuing Indirect Effects From Environmental Hazards On A Child’s Life ChancesShogren, JasonBenefit-Cost Analysis; Valuation; Children's Health
2002-08On Techniques to Value the Impact of Environmental Hazards on Children's HealthAgee, Mark D.; Crocker, Thomas D.Benefit-Cost Analysis; Valuation; Children's Health
2002-07Existing Literature and Recommended Strategies for Valuation of Children's Health EffectsNeumann, Jim; Greenwood, HarrietBenefit-Cost Analysis; Valuation; Children's Health
2002-06Data Requirements for Valuation of Children’s Health Effects and Alternatives to ValuationThompson, Kimberly M.Risk Assessment; Valuation; Children’s Health
2002-05'Optimal' Pollution Avatement- Whose Benefits Matter, and How Much?Gray, Wayne B.; Shadbegian, Ronald J.Air Pollution; Water Pollution; Environmental Policy
2002-04Host Community Compensation and Municipal Solid Waste LandfillsMorgan, Cynthia; Maguire, Kelly B.; Jenkins, Robin R.Solid Waste; Distributional Effects
2002-03Willingness to Pay to Reduce a Child’s Pesticide Exposure: Evidence from the Baby Food MarketMaguire, Kelly B.; Owens, Nicole; Simon. Nathalie B.Children's Health; Valuation; Toxic Substances
2002-02When Do Firms Shift Production Across State to Avoid Environmental Regulation?Shadbegian, Ronald J.; Gray, Wayne B.Costs of Pollution Control; Environmental Policy
2002-01The Future of Municipal Water Resources in the Willamette River Basin: A Basin-Level AnalysisDole, David; Niemi, ErnieWater Supply; Water Resources
2001-04Plant Vintage, Technology, and Environmental RegulationGray, Wayne B.; Shadbegian, Ronald J.Costs of Pollution Control; Environmental Policy
2001-03Measuring the Impact of Regulations on Small FirmsDole, DavidEconomic Impacts; Economic Damages/Benefits
2001-02Estimating Individual Discount Rates in Denmark: A Field ExperimentHarrison, Glenn W.; Lau, Morten I.; Williams, Melonie B.Economic Damages/Benefits
2001-01Measurement Issues and Validity Tests for Using Attitude Indicators in Contingent Valuation ResearchMcClelland, ElizabethAmbient Air Quality, Valuation Methods; Valuation

Essays on Economics of Indoor and Outdoor Air Pollution in India

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Title: Essays on Economics of Indoor and Outdoor Air Pollution in India
Author:Kishore, Avinash
Citation:Kishore, Avinash. 2012. Essays on Economics of Indoor and Outdoor Air Pollution in India. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard University.
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Abstract:Air pollution—both indoor and outdoor—results in more deaths and diseases in India than in any other country in the world. The first chapter in this dissertation explores why despite profoundly negative health consequences of indoor air pollution, most rural Indian households cook using traditional biomass fuel. Among many factors that contribute to households’ continued use of solid fuels, we focus on one: women’s intra-household status. We exploit Indian son preference: having a girl first child lowers women’s status relative to having a boy first child, and is therefore associated with lower likelihood of using clean fuel. This effect is found throughout the wealth distribution, and is not concentrated among households in states with a high child sex ratio or households where women have some education. The second chapter focuses on outdoor air pollution in India. We use a general equilibrium model of Indian economy to quantify the spillovers from a carbon tax on fossil fuels to local air quality and the health outcomes in urban India. We estimate that a $10/ton of Carbon tax on all fossil fuels will reduce CO2 emission by 10.7% from business-as-usual and save nearly 0.3 million urban lives from pollution related deaths while adding 0.2 percent to the GDP over the three decades from 2003 to 2030. We get this double dividend from carbon tax if the tax revenue is used to reduce existing distortionary taxes. Carbon tax is more progressive if the revenue is repatriated to households, but the GDP is slightly smaller than the base case under this regime. In the third chapter, we present the first VSL estimates from India using hedonic wage method with worker and job characteristics data from Employment and Unemployment Survey of India (EUS)—a large nationally representative survey that has not been used in this literature before. We estimate VSL of an average low-skilled urban Indian worker to be about $85,000 in 2004-05 (about 65 times the annual wage) at 2010 constant prices. Our estimates of VSL and VSL-to-income ratio are much lower than all previous estimates from India. Comparisons with estimates from other developing countries like China and Taiwan, however, suggest that our estimates are more reasonable. Our VSL estimate, if reliable, sets a lower threshold for investment in environment and public safety projects that can be justified using cost-benefit criteria.
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