Valuing the welfare effects of air pollution in the Jinchuan mining area

Li, Z., 2014, [S.l.]: [S.n.]. 169 p.

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  • Zhengtao Li
The main purpose of this thesis is the valuation of welfare effects of air pollution in the Jinchuan mining area, China. The following three key research questions are examined. First, what is the relationship between environmental knowledge and perceived health risk caused by air pollution? In addition, how are both variables influenced by socio-demographic characteristics? Second, what are the main determinants of Jinchuan residents’ behaviors of protecting themselves and their family members from health risks correlated with air pollution? Furthermore, how much are people willing to spend on reducing health risks. Third, how does air pollution impact on happiness?

The thesis shows that environmental knowledge has a positive and significant impact on perceived health risk; the reverse effect, however, is highly insignificant. Moreover, both are impacted by socio-psychological characteristics, notably, income and education. The thesis furthermore provides empirical evidence that perceived health risk induces people to take risk reducing actions. Hence, traditional choice experiments and averting behavior models should be extended to include psychological variables, notably perceived health risk and environmental knowledge. Regarding the third question, the thesis shows that reducing air pollution improves happiness, although improving income and education has a larger impact. Other important determinants of happiness include family size, age, and proximity to the pollution source, work environment and current health condition. The thesis suggests that reducing air pollution is a major long run policy objective. For the short run, the local government should provide information on health risks due to air pollution and possible averting behaviors.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Folmer, Henk, Supervisor
  • Xue, Jianhong, Co-supervisor, External person
  • Zhang, Zhong Xiang, Assessment committee, External person
  • Heijman, W., Assessment committee, External person
  • Haisma, Hinke, Assessment committee
Award date26-Jun-2014
Place of Publication[S.l.]
Print ISBNs978-90-367-6986-0
Electronic ISBNs978-90-367-6985-3
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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