Envirodevonomics: A Research Agenda for an Emerging Field

  title={Envirodevonomics: A Research Agenda for an Emerging Field},
  author={Michael Greenstone and Brooke Kelsey Jack},
  journal={Journal of Economic Literature},
Environmental quality in many developing countries is poor and generates substantial health and productivity costs. However, the few existing measures of marginal willingness to pay (MWTP) for environmental quality improvements indicate low valuations by affected households. This paper argues that this seeming paradox is the central puzzle at the intersection of environmental and development economics: Given poor environmental quality and high health burdens in developing countries, why is MWTP… 

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