Thursday, August 29, 2013

Health externalities from air pollution

A new study from MIT quantifies the adverse health effects from various forms of air pollution in the US. Not surprisingly, road emissions are the leading cause of premature deaths from air pollution. Electricity generation is a close second. Note the discussion of the incidence of damage and population density.  This will come up in class... the marginal external damage from a unit of pollution depends in large part on where that pollution is emitted.

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