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Pesticides and Health: A Review of Evidence on Health Effects, Valuation of Risks, and Benefit-Cost Analysis

Damian Tago, Henrik Andersson () and Nicolas Treich ()

A chapter in Preference Measurement in Health, 2014, vol. 24, pp 203-295 from Emerald Publishing Ltd

Abstract: Abstract Purpose This study contributes to the understanding of the health effects of pesticides exposure and of how pesticides have been and should be regulated. Design/methodology/approach This study presents literature reviews for the period 2000–2013 on (i) the health effects of pesticides and on (ii) preference valuation of health risks related to pesticides, as well as a discussion of the role of benefit-cost analysis applied to pesticide regulatory measures. Findings This study indicates that the health literature has focused on individuals with direct exposure to pesticides, i.e. farmers, while the literature on preference valuation has focused on those with indirect exposure, i.e. consumers. The discussion highlights the need to clarify the rationale for regulating pesticides, the role of risk perceptions in benefit-cost analysis, and the importance of inter-disciplinary research in this area. Originality/value This study relates findings of different disciplines (health, economics, public policy) regarding pesticides, and identifies gaps for future research.

Keywords: Benefit-cost analysis; health; pesticides; willingness to pay (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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