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Public Economics

School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver

1982

Environmental damages

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Morbidity And Pollution, Ronald J. Krumm, Philip E. Graves Jan 1982

Morbidity And Pollution, Ronald J. Krumm, Philip E. Graves

PHILIP E GRAVES

Time-series analysis of effects of pollutants on emergency hospital admissions indicates important synergistic interactions among pollutants and to a lesser degree nonlinearities in effects of single pollutants. Comparisons of alternative econometric specifications are made to determine the appropriateness of incorporating nonuniform pollution impacts. The data substantially support the existence of synergisms among pollutants with high levels of sulfur dioxide, SO, (particulates), increasing the impact of particulates (SO,) on emergency hospital admissions. Marginal effects of either pollutant are, however, small at current ambient air quality levels. These results indicate that damage estimates were likely to be understated during the 1960’s ...