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Protecting China's children: valuing the health impacts of reduced air pollution in Chinese cities

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  • MEAD, ROBERT W.
  • BRAJER, VICTOR
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    As China advances its overall program of economic development, many Chinese cities consistently suffer from unhealthy levels of air pollution. One of the groups most affected is children. This paper provides some quantification regarding the extent of various morbidity costs upon children in portions of urban China. Using China-based health-effects and valuation studies, the authors project, and value in dollar figures, the number of averted cases of childhood colds, bronchitis, asthma, and respiratory-related hospital visits resulting from a lowering of air pollution levels. The results indicate that these child morbidity benefits may be substantial, with a mid-range value of nearly $3.5 billion over the period 2002 2011.

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    Article provided by Cambridge University Press in its journal Environment and Development Economics.

    Volume (Year): 10 (2005)
    Issue (Month): 06 (December)
    Pages: 745-768

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    Handle: RePEc:cup:endeec:v:10:y:2005:i:06:p:745-768_00

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    Cited by:
    1. Jinfeng Wang & Xuhua Liu & Hongyan Chen, 2011. "Construction of a Cities Evolution Tree, with Applications," ERSA conference papers ersa10p1360, European Regional Science Association.
    2. Yusuf, Shahid & Nabeshima, Kaoru & Wei Ha, 2007. "What makes cities healthy ?," Policy Research Working Paper Series 4107, The World Bank.
    3. Narayan, Paresh Kumar & Narayan, Seema, 2008. "Does environmental quality influence health expenditures? Empirical evidence from a panel of selected OECD countries," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 65(2), pages 367-374, April.
    4. Brajer, Victor & Mead, Robert W. & Xiao, Feng, 2006. "Valuing the health impacts of air pollution in Hong Kong," Journal of Asian Economics, Elsevier, vol. 17(1), pages 85-102, February.

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