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The Cost of Crop Damage Caused by Ozone Air Pollution From Motor Vehicles

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  • Murphy, James
  • Delucchi, Mark
  • McCubbin, Donald
  • Kim, H.J.

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The effects of ozone air pollution on the agricultural sector are an important environmental challenge facing policy makers. Most studies of the economic impact of air pollution on agriculture have found that a 25% reduction in ambient ozone would provide benefits of at least $1-2 billion annually in the United States. This paper extends existing research by estimating the benefits of a reduction in emissions from a major source of ozone formation: motor-vehicle emissions. An agricultural production model is combined with an analysis of motor-vehicle emissions and air quality to estimate the impacts of emissions from six different motor-vehicle classes, at both the regional and national level. The benefits to the agricultural sector from completely eliminating ozone precursor emissions from motor vehicles ranges between $3·5 and $6·1 billion annually.

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Paper provided by Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Davis in its series Institute of Transportation Studies, Working Paper Series with number qt4cv6x16h.

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Date of creation: 01 Apr 1999
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Handle: RePEc:cdl:itsdav:qt4cv6x16h

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Keywords: economics; air pollution; health effects; visibility; environmental policy; agricultural production;

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  1. Delucchi, Mark A., 1996. "The Allocation of the Social Costs of Motor-Vehicle Use to Six Classes of Motor Vehicles," University of California Transportation Center, Working Papers qt60d6n6hp, University of California Transportation Center.
  2. R. M. Adam & J. M. Callaway & B. A. McCarl, 1986. "Pollution, Agriculture and Social Welfare: The Case of Acid Deposition," Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics/Revue canadienne d'agroeconomie, Canadian Agricultural Economics Society/Societe canadienne d'agroeconomie, vol. 34(1), pages 3-19, 03.
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  1. Wang, Guihua & Ogden, Joan M & Chang, Daniel P.Y., 2007. "Estimating changes in urban ozone concentrations due to life cycle emissions from hydrogen transportation systems," Institute of Transportation Studies, Working Paper Series qt4894t868, Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Davis.
  2. Kim, Hong Jin & Konyar, Kazim & Sargent, Keith, 2002. "Economic Viability Of Bt-Corn In The U.S," 2002 Annual meeting, July 28-31, Long Beach, CA 19772, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  3. Wang, Guihua & Ogden, Joan M & Chang, Daniel P.Y., 2007. "Estimating changes in urban ozone concentrations due to life cycle emissions from hydrogen transportation systems," Institute of Transportation Studies, Working Paper Series qt21c6p765, Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Davis.
  4. Delucchi, Mark & Murphy, James & McCubbin, Donald, 2002. "The Health and Visibility Cost of Air Pollution: A Comparison of Estimation Methods," Institute of Transportation Studies, Working Paper Series qt03s2x9xb, Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Davis.
  5. Mapemba, Lawrence D. & Epplin, Francis M. & Huhnke, Raymond L., 2006. "Environmental Consequences of Ethanol from Corn Grain, Ethanol from Lignocellulosic Biomass, and Conventional Gasoline," 2006 Annual meeting, July 23-26, Long Beach, CA 21034, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  6. Wang, Guihua, 2008. "Lifecycle Analysis of Air Quality Impacts of Hydrogen and Gasoline Transportation Fuel Pathways," Institute of Transportation Studies, Working Paper Series qt41x6t130, Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Davis.
  7. Delucchi, Mark A. & McCubbin, Donald R., 2010. "External Costs of Transport in the U.S," Institute of Transportation Studies, Working Paper Series qt13n8v8gq, Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Davis.

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