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.
Benefit‐cost analysis; Health; Pesticides; Willingness to Pay;
Preference Measurement in Health : Advances in Health Economics and Health Services Research, vol. 24, 2014, pp. 203–295