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The Globalization of Cost-Benefit Analysis in Environmental Policy$
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Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199934386

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199934386.001.0001

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Economic Costs of Air Pollution in Singapore

Economic Costs of Air Pollution in Singapore

(p.198) 12 Economic Costs of Air Pollution in Singapore
The Globalization of Cost-Benefit Analysis in Environmental Policy

Euston Quah

Wai-Mun Chia

Oxford University Press

Cost-benefit analysis is an appropriate tool for accounting for the negative effects of air pollution on domestic populations and for expressing those costs in economic terms. This chapter assesses the economic cost of air pollution on public health in 2009 in Singapore based on the newly revised air quality guidelines by the World Health Organization. This analysis suggests that the health costs associated with a 15 ?g/m3 change in concentrations of particulate matter in the air are roughly $3.75 billion-about 2.04 percent of the total gross domestic product of Singapore in 2009. This study shows how cost-benefit analysis can derive economic estimates using health data and benefit-transfer methodologies.

Keywords:   Air pollution, public health, Singapore, particulate matter

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