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An Economic Evaluation of Life-Style and Air-pollution-related Damages: Results from the BRFSS

Cinzia Di Novi ()

No 07-001, JEPS Working Papers from JEPS

Abstract: This paper uses the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (2001) data in conjunctions with Environmental Protection Agency data to investigate on how individual health habits, air outdoor pollution and diseases combine to affect the likelihood of good health status and the amount of health investments. The environment is a second-best world characterized by uncertainty on the level of health, in which individuals are not able to avoid health shocks completely. Models are estimated using three different measures of overall health: a measure of self-assessed health and two health outcomes indicators (blood pressure and activity limitations due to health problems).

Keywords: Health production; multivariate probit; life-style; pollution; self-assessed health; health outcome (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I12 C31 D13 D81 Q25 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 31 pages
Date: 2007-01
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