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Resources for the Future has a long tradition of pioneering research on health issues, including early work on schistosomiasis control, fertility, and a seminal 1970 study exploring the link between air pollution and mortality.
Today RFF researchers are building on that tradition by employing creative approaches to a host of health-related policy challenges, including valuing disparate health outcomes,  and analyzing the current regulatory issues surrounding safe drinking water. By applying methods first developed in the environmental economics field to the analysis of health issues, RFF research is opening up new avenues for cross-disciplinary research and policy solutions.

Over the past few years, much of RFF’s recent work in the field of human health was carried out by Senior Fellow Ramanan Laxminarayan and his colleagues who were part of the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy (CDDEP). The Center is now an independent organization. To learn more about their work, please visit
The Hidden Costs of Power: Health Effects of Coal Electricity Generation in India
Resources magazine: Emissions of particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxides from coal-fired power plants are costing Indians their lives. How stringently should these pollutants be regulated, and what form should regulations take?
Beyond CO2: The Other Agents of Influence
Resources magazine: Cutting emissions of soot and methane—two short-term contributors to climate change—would slow warming while improving human health and food security.
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Who Has the Right Alcohol Taxes: Europe or the United States?
Ian Parry, Evan Herrnstadt, and Juha Siikamaki
International Tax and Public Finance | In press
Reliability in the Electricity Industry under New Environmental Regulations
Dallas Burtraw, Karen L. Palmer, Anthony Paul, Blair Beasley, and Matthew Woerman
Energy Policy | forthcoming | Related Discussion Paper 12-18
Deposit-Refund Systems in Practice and Theory
Margaret Walls
Encyclopedia of Energy, Natural Resource, and Environmental Economics, Vol. 3 | J.F. Shogren | Amsterdam: Elsevier | 2013
Fiscal Incentives and Environmental Infrastructure in China
Antung Anthony Liu, Junjie Zhang
RFF Discussion Paper 12-36 | September 2012
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The Effect of Voluntary Brownfields Programs on Nearby Property Values: Evidence from Illinois
Joshua Linn
RFF Discussion Paper 12-35 | August 2012
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Summary for Policymakers The True Cost of Electric Power: An Inventory of Methodologies to Support Future Decisionmaking in Comparing the Cost and Competitiveness of Electric Generation Technologies
Dallas Burtraw, Alan Krupnick
Ren21 | June 2012
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 Video Interview 

Senior Fellow Alan Krupnick discusses his research into lead paint exposure in children.

Click the player below to watch.

Air Pollution, Clean Water
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