Keywords: air pollution, mortality risk, economic valuation
Research on the economic consequences of the health effects of air pollution in the UK: its methodological, meta-analytical and innovative aspects
Epidemiological research has identified that there exists a correlation between days of high air pollution and the timing of death for large numbers of individuals. Before economic values can be attached to these impacts, however, greater information is required on the extent of life lost and the socio-economic characteristics of those at greatest risk. It may be more fruitful to base willingness to pay estimates on cohort studies that predict the extent of life lost as a consequence of continued exposure to high levels of air pollution. Most valuation work, however, has concentrated on valuing contemporaneous risks.