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Pesticides and Health: A Review of Evidence on Health Effects, Valuation of Risks, and Benefit-Cost Analysis

Preference Measurement in Health

ISBN: 978-1-78441-029-2

Publication date: 27 August 2014



This study contributes to the understanding of the health effects of pesticides exposure and of how pesticides have been and should be regulated.


This study presents literature reviews for the period 2000–2013 on (i) the health effects of pesticides and on (ii) preference valuation of health risks related to pesticides, as well as a discussion of the role of benefit-cost analysis applied to pesticide regulatory measures.


This study indicates that the health literature has focused on individuals with direct exposure to pesticides, i.e. farmers, while the literature on preference valuation has focused on those with indirect exposure, i.e. consumers. The discussion highlights the need to clarify the rationale for regulating pesticides, the role of risk perceptions in benefit-cost analysis, and the importance of inter-disciplinary research in this area.


This study relates findings of different disciplines (health, economics, public policy) regarding pesticides, and identifies gaps for future research.




Financial support from AEAG (Agence de l’Eau Adour-Garonne) and IDEI (Institut d’Economie Industrielle) is gratefully acknowledged. The authors would also like to express their gratitude to Alban Thomas, the editors Glenn Blomquist and Kristian Bolin, and two anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments on earlier drafts. The usual disclaimers apply.


Tago, D., Andersson, H. and Treich, N. (2014), "Pesticides and Health: A Review of Evidence on Health Effects, Valuation of Risks, and Benefit-Cost Analysis", Preference Measurement in Health (Advances in Health Economics and Health Services Research, Vol. 24), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 203-295.



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