Estimation of Damage to Human Health Due to Forest Burning in the Amazon

Journal of Population Economics, Vol. 19, No. 3, pp. 593-610, May 2005

Posted: 19 Feb 2012 Last revised: 22 Feb 2012

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Mario Jorge Cardoso Mendonca

Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA) - Directory of Macroeconomic Policy & Studies (DIMAC)

Adolfo Sachsida

Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA); Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA)

Paulo R. A. Loureiro

University of Brasília- UnB

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Date Written: February 16, 2005

Abstract

Forest burning stands as a highly used practice in the Brazilian Amazon Forest. Burning trees is the cheapest way to expand agricultural frontiers in the Amazon region. Nevertheless, the smoke generated in this process can produce undesirable negative effects, in particular health-induced problems by the polluted air. This study aims to investigate whether these effects on the health of the region’s population are statistically significant, using as variables mortality and morbidity rates associated with respiratory diseases. The estimated morbidity model was used to estimate the health damage to those people who became ill only by the fire.

Keywords: Amazon, Fire, Respiratory diseases

JEL Classification: C33, D63, Q2

Suggested Citation

Cardoso Mendonca, Mario Jorge and Sachsida, Adolfo and Loureiro, Paulo R. A., Estimation of Damage to Human Health Due to Forest Burning in the Amazon (February 16, 2005). Journal of Population Economics, Vol. 19, No. 3, pp. 593-610, May 2005 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2006666

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