Economic Valuation of Air Pollution Health Im¬pacts in the Tehran Area, Iran


Background: Air pollution in Tehran, capital of Iran is responsible for several diverse negative effects. It has been estab­lished that air pollution can affect human health. These health effects include increased hospital admissions due to the ex­acerba­tion of cardiac and respiratory diseases, as well as symptoms such as headache, cough, eye irritation, nausea, sputum and even death in the most vulnerable individuals. In evaluating any policy that would reduce air pollution, it is useful to com­pare the policy's costs to its benefits expressed in monetary units.

Methods: Since there is no market available that places value on the benefits of improved air quality, we must undertake non market valuation methods. In this paper we used direct medical cost (DMC), contingent valuation (CV) and value of sta­tisti­cal life (VOSL) approaches and household production model of health. According to this study marginal health dam­age costs for the following type of pollutants impacts: sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), particulate matter (PM10) and carbon monoxide (CO) are quantified using exposure response functions(ERF) which relate pollutant con­centra­tion to the resulting impact on a receptor(health). ERFs for health impacts are derived from epidemiological studies.

Results: Health damage costs has been estimated at 16224 US$ per each unit increase of PM10, 28816 US$ per each unit in­crease of CO, 1927 US$ per each unit increase of NO2 and 7739 US$ per each unit increase of SO2.

Conclusion: Substituting economic incentives for command and control approach to regulating air quality.

IssueVol 37 No 1 (2008) QRcode
Contingent valuation method Value of statistical life Cost of illnesses House¬hold production model

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H Karimzadegan, M Rahmatian, DD Farhud, M Yunesian. Economic Valuation of Air Pollution Health Im¬pacts in the Tehran Area, Iran. Iran J Public Health. 1;37(1):20-30.