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Air Quality Degradation: Can Economics Help in Measuring its Welfare Effects? A Review of Economic Valuation Studies

Phoebe Koundouri () and Eva Kougea

No 1135, DEOS Working Papers from Athens University of Economics and Business

Abstract: Air quality affects human�s well being in various ways. Air providing the most important life-support function sustains human health and enables the existence of all ecosystems. Although clean air is considered to be a basic requirement for human health and well-being, economic development and population growth has resulted in a considerable deterioration of air quality. Human activities like the intensification of agriculture, industrialization, increasing energy use, the burning of fossil fuels and the increase in transportation have resulted to a rising cocktail of poisonous pollutants which impose many adverse effects on environment as a whole, our human health and life expectancy, ecosystems services, biodiversity, agricultural crops and building structures.

Keywords: Air quality; degradation; welfare effects; economic valuation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A1 D6 Q5 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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