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Value people's preference for reducing health risks caused by air pollution

Principal researcher

Zhengtao Li

Type of research



Prof.dr. Henk Folmer


Since its nickel resource is the largest in the nation, Jinchuan has been called the nickel capital of China. Mining and smelting industries dominate the economy of Jinchuan and make a great contribution to its  economic development.   However, these activities result in serious air pollution (Xiao, 2003; Wei, 2008; Li and Zhao, 2004; Huang 2009) and cause health problems such as eye irritation, asthma, bronchitis, etc. Although local government has done considerable efforts to improve its quality,  air pollution in Jinchuan is still serious. Therefore, it is essential for researchers to reveal publics preference for air quality, and help government to develop more efficient methods to control pollution. In order to achieve this research objective, valuation methods: averting behavior method, choice experiment and happiness approach will be respectively employed and a comprehensive research will be conducted.

Last modified:23 February 2015 3.19 p.m.