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Economic Evaluation of Health Cost of Pesticide Use: Willingness to Pay Method

Muhammad Khan
The Pakistan Development Review
Vol. 48, No. 4, Papers and Proceedings PARTS I and II The Silver Jubilee Annual General Meeting and Conference of the Pakistan Society of Development Economists Islamabad, March 16-18, 2010 (Winter 2009), pp. 459-470
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41261327
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Abstract

This study highlights the results of contingent valuation method to measure health cost of pesticide use from farmer's point of view. Analysis shows that farmers have a positive willingness to pay for avoiding pesticide related health risks. Theoretical validity tests show that relevant indicators such as risk perception, previous experience of pesticide related poisoning, education and income are significant predictors for the positive WTP. From the results it is evident that health effects of pesticide use provided motivation for farmers to pay more for practices like IPM that reduce dependence on pesticide use which in turn a strong motivation for policy-makers to continue research on IPM and its implementation.

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