A Methodology for Cost-Benefit Analysis of Ambient Air Pollution Health Impacts
By Bin Jalaludin1,2, Glenn Salkeld3, Geoff Morgan4,5, Tom Beer6, Yasir Bin Nisar1 1 School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW; 2 Centre for Research, Evidence Management and Surveillance, SSWAHS; 3 School of Public Health, University of Sydney; 4 Department of Rural Health (Northern Rivers), University of Sydney; 5 North Coast Area Health Service;6 CSIRO.
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The current project, funded by Commonwealth Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, entails a review of the European, United States and Australian Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) literature related to ambient air pollution, followed by a critique of the CBA methodology. The project focuses on the methodology to assess the economic cost of the human health effects of ambient air pollution and identifies and describes in detail the uncertainties, contentious issues and knowledge gaps associated with the CBA methodology. Moreover, the report also makes recommendations based on how to address the uncertainties, contentious issues and knowledge gaps.