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Climate Change

The effects of weather and changes in the global climate on agricultural output is well documented. Recent research by CEEP’s faculty and students shows that other sectors in both developing and developed countries are also very much influenced by weather, including overall GDP, crime, conflict, and various educational outcomes such as student test scores.

Health

The Environmental Protection Agency continuously conducts benefit-cost analyses to examine whether lower pollution standards result in health benefits that outweigh the cost of such regulations. The largest of the measured benefits is generally attributable to human mortality and morbidity impacts, often surpassing 80% of overall benefits. CEEP affiliates have conducted several studies to measures these effects. For example, in late 2018, there was a push to relax radiation limits and there is an ongoing discussion whether doing so will result in health costs.

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Wetland conservation worth the cost

Writing in The Hill about her research with Charles Taylor, Hannah Drunkenmiller summarizes the findings of their April 2022 AER paper, which argues that wetlands provide flood mitigation, water purification, wildlife habit, and other benefits to society that together outweigh the economic costs of restricting development. 

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