Special Issue "Environmental and Health Efficiency Evaluation"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Economics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Yung-ho Chiu Website E-Mail
Department of Economics, Soochow University, 56, Kueiyang, St., Sec. 1, Taipei 10048, Taiwan, R.O.C.
Interests: environmental and public health efficiency; energy efficiency; renewable energy efficiency; China economy research; operations research and green economics; financial management; banking analysis; risk management
Guest Editor
Dr. Ying Li Website E-Mail
Business School, Sichuan University, Wangjiang Road No. 29, Chengdu 610064, China
Interests: environmental pollution and public health efficiency; energy efficiency; renewable energy efficiency; air pollution and its economical/social impact; financial performance evaluation; industrial sector performance evaluation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Industrial Revolution made it possible to define modern lifestyle in the way we understand it today. On one hand, it graced humanity with daily life convenience, but at the same time, such rapid development caused a depletion of the Earth’s energy resources. In recent decades, the quickly increasing amount of energy consumption, environmental pollution, and the advancing global warming problem have had a serious impact on humans’ very existence, and what is more, they have possibly jeopardized the future of the Earth itself. In order to make environmental protection and energy conservation more sufficient, all countries are committed to improving efficiency of exploitation of existing energy sources and developing clean energy technologies that are “environmentally friendly”.

A number of studies have shown clearly that environmental pollution poses a serious threat to human health. Long-term exposure to a polluted environment can lead to cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, even death. The harm for children and the elderly is even more severe. All of which bring us to the conclusion that the impact of environmental changes affects not only health of particular people but also increases the summarized cost of healthcare and decreases the overall wellbeing of people. Working environment pollution on a vocational setting will not only directly harm the health of employees but also decrease their productivity and lead to the high cost for the respective organization.

Issues of public health and the natural environment change problem are objects of specialized studies, and we welcome reviews relevant to topics such as:

- Integration researches of environmental efficiency (productivity);

- Health efficiency (productivity);

- Research on factors which have impacts on public health;

- Pollutants (including air pollutants, waste water, solid waste and other environmental pollutants) and their impact on public health;

- Pollutants (air pollutants, waster, solid waste, and other environmental pollutants) and their impact on various groups of people (e.g., pregnant woman, children, the elderly, etc.)

- Vocational environmental pollution and its impact on the health or productivity of employees.

Remarkable for further research shall be issues of data forecast with environmental and public health balance models. Progress on studying this phenomenon will provide readers with up-to-date information on environmental and health interactions. A prospective result is linking forecasts of environmental pollution and public health stress assessment for early warning, improved prevention, adaptation, and policy to cope with environmental and public health challenges.

Dr. Yung-ho Chiu
Dr. Ying Li
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • environmental efficiency
  • public health efficiency
  • vocational environment
  • employee’s health
  • environmental pollutants
  • public health
  • PM2.5
  • SO2
  • waste water
  • solid waste
  • respiratory diseases
  • cardiovascular diseases
  • chronic disease

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The Relationship among Government, Enterprise, and Public in Environmental Governance from the Perspective of Multi-Player Evolutionary Game
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(18), 3351; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16183351 - 11 Sep 2019
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Environmental governance is an important component of the national governance system. China’s current environmental problems are particularly complex. How to let the government, enterprises, and the public participate in environmental governance is the key to enhance the ability of environmental governance. Based on [...] Read more.
Environmental governance is an important component of the national governance system. China’s current environmental problems are particularly complex. How to let the government, enterprises, and the public participate in environmental governance is the key to enhance the ability of environmental governance. Based on the evolutionary game theory, the interaction and influencing factors among enterprise pollution control, government supervision, and public participation are analyzed, and the empirical analysis is carried out based on China’s 30 provincial panel data from 2009 to 2018. The research results show that government supervision has a positive effect on the environmental governance and can urge enterprises to actively perform pollution control. The effect of government supervision is constrained by the income and cost of enterprises, and the penalties for passive pollution control should be raised. At the same time, improving the government’s reputation loss can effectively stimulate the government’s environmental supervision behavior. Public participation significantly promotes the governance effect of three industrial wastes, and the enthusiasm of public participation is closely related to participation cost and psychological benefits. Public participation can replace government supervision to a certain extent. The interaction between government and public has a positive effect on environmental governance. The research results will help to build an effective environmental governance system and improve environmental governance performance and public satisfaction. Full article
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Spatial Effects of Environmental Regulation and Green Credits on Green Technology Innovation under Low-Carbon Economy Background Conditions
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(17), 3027; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16173027 - 21 Aug 2019
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Based on the data of green credit (GC), environmental regulation (ER) and green technology innovation (GTI) in 30 provinces and cities of China from 2007 to 2016, this study investigated the relationship between green credit and green technology innovation development and analyzed the [...] Read more.
Based on the data of green credit (GC), environmental regulation (ER) and green technology innovation (GTI) in 30 provinces and cities of China from 2007 to 2016, this study investigated the relationship between green credit and green technology innovation development and analyzed the adjustment effect of ER on GC to promote GTI using Geoda and Matlab2016 software, so as to further guide and encourage GC. The results show that GTI in 30 provinces and municipalities in China has a significant spatial agglomeration effect. Single GC plays a certain role in promoting local technology innovation, but it fails to influences the surrounding areas. Environmental regulation has a certain regulatory effect on the relationship between green credit and green technology innovation in the province but also fails to influences the surrounding areas. Full article
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Social Organization Participation, Government Governance and the Equalization of Basic Public Services: Evidence from China
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(16), 2996; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16162996 - 20 Aug 2019
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This paper uses the methods of System Generalized method of moments (SYS-GMM), mediation effect and linkage effect to investigate the relationship among social organization participation, government governance and the equalization of basic public services from 2007 to 2017 in China. The empirical results [...] Read more.
This paper uses the methods of System Generalized method of moments (SYS-GMM), mediation effect and linkage effect to investigate the relationship among social organization participation, government governance and the equalization of basic public services from 2007 to 2017 in China. The empirical results show that the participation of social organizations and improvement in the government governance can promote the equalization of basic public services. The government has a greater capacity to drive the equalization of basic public services, but the density of social organizations can serve as a mediator in the equalization of basic public services. The government governance and social organization density have a strong linkage effect, but the link with social organization quality is weak. Furthermore, a linkage effect is evident in medical and health care, public education, environmental protection, and public culture but not in public science and social welfare. Full article
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Estimation of Health Effects and Economic Losses from Ambient Air Pollution in Undeveloped Areas: Evidence from Guangxi, China
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(15), 2707; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16152707 - 29 Jul 2019
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Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, located in the southwest of China, has rapidly developed since the late 2000s. Similar to other regions, economic development has been accompanied by environmental problems, especially air pollution, which can adversely affect the health of residents in the area. [...] Read more.
Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, located in the southwest of China, has rapidly developed since the late 2000s. Similar to other regions, economic development has been accompanied by environmental problems, especially air pollution, which can adversely affect the health of residents in the area. In this study, we estimated the negative health effects of three major ambient pollutants, Particulate Matter with a diameter of 10 μm or less (PM10), Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) and Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) in Guangxi from 2011 to 2016 using a log-linear exposure–response function. We monetarized the economic loss using the value of statistical life (VSL) and the cost of illness (COI) methods. The results show that the total possible short-term all-cause mortality values due to PM10, SO2, and NO2 were 28,396, with the confidence intervals from 14,664 to 42,014 (14,664–42,014), 24,618 (15,480–33,371), and 46,365 (31,158–61,423), respectively. The mortality from the three pollutants was 48,098 (19,972–75,973). The economic loss of the health burden from the three pollutants was 40,555 (24,172–57,585), which was 2.86% (1.70–4.06%) of the regional gross domestic product. The result of the comparative analysis among different cities showed that urbanization, industrialization, and residents’ income are important factors in air-pollution-caused health damage and subsequent economic loss. We conclude that the health burden caused by ambient pollutants in developing regions, accompanied by its rapid socio-economic growth, is significant and tighter regulation is needed in the future to alleviate air pollution and mitigate the related health damage. Full article
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