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The impact of air pollution on health problems in Britain

Giovanis, E and Ozdamar, O (2016) The impact of air pollution on health problems in Britain. International Journal of Sustainable Economy, 8 (2). pp. 163-186. ISSN 1756-5804

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Abstract

This study explores the effects of air pollution on specific diseases and specifically skin conditions and allergy, chest and breathing and heart problems. The analysis is based on data derived by the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS), which is a panel dataset in the UK during the period 1991 to 2009. Moreover, this study explores the willingness to pay for improving the air quality in the UK using data from the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS). In particular, two air pollutants are examined; ground-level ozone (O3) and carbon monoxide (CO). Regarding the skin conditions and allergy health problems the annual monetary values for O3 range between £45-£65 per year for a drop of one unit, while the respective values for the CO range between £70-£87. The respective values for O3 and CO range between £173-£218 for chest and breathing health problems and £178-£216 and £189-£222 for heart problems.

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