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An Economic Evaluation of Life-Style and Air-pollution-related Damages: Results from the BRFSS

  • Cinzia Di Novi

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    (Collegio Carlo Alberto, University of Turin and Department of Public Policy and Public Choice - POLIS, University of Eastern Piedmont, Alessandria)

This paper uses the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (2001) data in conjunctions with Environmental Protection Agency data to investigate on how individual health habits, air outdoor pollution and diseases combine to affect the likelihood of good health status and the amount of health investments. The environment is a second-best world characterized by uncertainty on the level of health, in which individuals are not able to avoid health shocks completely. Models are estimated using three different measures of overall health: a measure of self-assessed health and two health outcomes indicators (blood pressure and activity limitations due to health problems).

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2007
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Handle: RePEc:jep:wpaper:07001
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