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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7(12), 4250-4266; doi:10.3390/ijerph7124250

Estimating the Economic Impact of Climate Change on Cardiovascular Diseases—Evidence from Taiwan

Department of Applied Economics, National Chung-Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan
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Received: 28 September 2010 / Revised: 26 November 2010 / Accepted: 3 December 2010 / Published: 17 December 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Climate Change and Human Health Impacts and Adaptation)
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Abstract

The main purpose of this study was to investigate how climate change affects blood vessel-related heart disease and hypertension and to estimate the associated economic damage. In this paper, both the panel data model and the contingent valuation method (CVM) approaches are applied. The empirical results indicate that the number of death from cardiovascular diseases would be increased by 0.226% as the variation in temperature increases by 1%. More importantly, the number of death from cardiovascular diseases would be increased by 1.2% to 4.1% under alternative IPCC climate change scenarios. The results from the CVM approach show that each person would be willing to pay US$51 to US$97 per year in order to avoid the increase in the mortality rate of cardiovascular diseases caused by climate change. View Full-Text
Keywords: cardiovascular diseases; climate change; panel model; contingent valuation method cardiovascular diseases; climate change; panel model; contingent valuation method
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Liao, S.-Y.; Tseng, W.-C.; Chen, P.-Y.; Chen, C.-C.; Wu, W.-M. Estimating the Economic Impact of Climate Change on Cardiovascular Diseases—Evidence from Taiwan. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7, 4250-4266.

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