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Valuation of Urban Air Pollution: A Case Study of Kanpur City in India

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  • Usha Gupta

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This study estimates the monetary benefits to individuals from health damages avoided as a result on reductions in air pollution in the urban industrial city of Kanpur in India. A notable feature of this study is that it uses data from weekly health-diaries collected for three seasons. For measuring monetary benefits, the study considers two major components of health cost — the loss in wages due to workdays lost and the expenditure incurred on mitigating activities.

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  • Usha Gupta, 2006. "Valuation of Urban Air Pollution: A Case Study of Kanpur City in India," Working Papers id:668, eSocialSciences.
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    1. Muhammad Khan, 2017. "The Health Burden of Dust Pollution in the Textile Industry of Faisalabad, Pakistan," Working Papers id:11920, eSocialSciences.
    2. Mahanta, Ratul & Chowdhury, Jayashree & Nath, Hiranya K., 2016. "Health costs of arsenic contamination of drinking water in Assam, India," Economic Analysis and Policy, Elsevier, vol. 49(C), pages 30-42.
    3. Sudhakara Reddy, B. & Kumar Ray, Binay, 2011. "Understanding industrial energy use: Physical energy intensity changes in Indian manufacturing sector," Energy Policy, Elsevier, pages 7234-7243.

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