Reference

Damian Tago, Henrik Andersson, and Nicolas Treich, Pesticides and health: A review of evidence on health effects, valuation of risks, and benefit‐cost analysis, in Preference Measurement in Health : Advances in Health Economics and Health Services Research, vol. 24, 2014, pp. 203–295.

Abstract

In this paper, we provide reviews of recent scientific findings on health effects and preference valuation of health risks related to pesticides, and the role of benefit‐cost analysis in policies related to pesticides. Our reviews reveal that whereas the focus of the health literature has been on individuals with direct exposure to pesticides, e.g. farmers, the literature on preference elicitation has focused on those with indirect exposure, e.g. consumers. Our discussion of pesticides policies emphasizes the need to clarify the rationale for regulation and the role of risk perceptions in benefit‐cost analysis, and stress the importance of inter‐disciplinary research in this area.

Keywords

Benefit‐cost analysis; Health; Pesticides; Willingness to Pay

Henrik Andersson, Damian Tago, and Nicolas Treich, Pesticides and health: A review of evidence on health effects, valuation of risks, and benefit‐cost analysis, March 2014.