Cost-Benefit Analysis of Environmental Health Interventions

Cost-Benefit Analysis of Environmental Health Interventions

1st Edition - November 29, 2019

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  • Editor: Carla Guerriero
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128129364
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128128855

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Cost-benefit Analysis of Environmental Health Interventions clearly articulates the core principles and fundamental methodologies underpinning the modern economic assessment of environmental intervention on human health. Taking a practical approach, the book provides a step-by-step approach to assigning a monetary value to the health benefits and disbenefits arising from interventions, using environmental information and epidemiological evidence. It summarizes environmental risk factors and explores how to interpret and understand epidemiological data using concentration-response, exposure-response or dose-response techniques, explaining the environmental interventions available for each environmental risk factor. It evaluates in detail two of the most challenging stages of Cost-Benefit Analysis in ‘discounting’ and ‘accounting for uncertainty’. Further chapters describe how to analyze and critique results, evaluate potential alternatives to Cost-Benefit Analysis, and on how to engage with stakeholders to communicate the results of Cost-Benefit Analysis. The book includes a detailed case study how to conduct a Cost-Benefit Analysis. It is supported by an online website providing solution files and detailing the design of models using Excel.

Key Features

  • Provides a clear understanding of the core theory of cost-benefit analysis in environmental health interventions
  • Provides practical guidance using real-world case studies to motivate and expand understanding
  • Describes the challenging ‘discounting’ and ‘accounting for uncertainty’ problems at chapter length
  • Supported by a practical case study, online solution files, and a practical guide to the design of CBA models using Excel


Graduate and PhD students / early career researchers working in Health Economics, Environmental Epidemiology and Engineering (e.g. Environmental Engineering, Transportation Engineering). Policy Makers (e.g. Health, Transport). Private Sector Operators (e.g. consultancy services). NGOs willing to perform Cost-Benefit Analysis of their interventions

Table of Contents

  • 1. The key steps in cost-benefit analysis of environmental health interventions
    2. Environmental health interventions for the treatment of waters, solids, and soils
    3. Health impact assessment: quantifying the health benefits and costs
    4. Monetary analysis of health outcomes
    5. Health benefit analysis: monetization of health impacts and its use in environment and health
    6. Costing environmental health intervention
    7. Discounting benefits and costs
    8. Quantifying uncertainty in environmental health models
    9. Alternatives to cost-benefit analysis for economic evaluation
    10. Climate change and ecological public health: an integrated framework
    11. Case study: a realistic contaminated site remediation and different scenarios of intervention
    12. Conclusion

Product details

  • No. of pages: 310
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2019
  • Published: November 29, 2019
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128129364
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128128855

About the Editor

Carla Guerriero

Carla Guerriero is Research Fellow at the Department of Economics and Statistics, University of Naples Federico II and honorary Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Since 2009, her research and teaching focuses on the methodology and the application of Cost-Benefit Analysis to Environmental Health Interventions and on the development of novel techniques to value children’s health. Carla has published her research in national and international research journals including PLoS One, The European Journal of Health Economics and Environmental Health. Carla conducted the first cost-benefit analysis of remediating polluted sites. She is currently responsible for the test and the design of the Cost-Benefit Analysis tool in the LIFE+ Gioconda Project.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Economics and Statistics, University of Naples Federico II

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