Economic analysis of environmental health


Economic impacts are one of the most important changes the NIEHS can support in funding environmental health science research. To facilitate the integration of economic analyzes into environmental health research, the NIEHS has developed tools and resources accessible here. The tools present the assessment of the economic impacts of policies, practices and behaviors that reduce exposure to environmental toxicants, prevent disease and improve public health.

We encourage researchers interested in environmental health economic analysis (EHEA) to review the resources below and consider ways to add EHEA to ongoing environmental health studies. We do not plan to support specific EHEA funding opportunities at this time, but we are open to questions.

NIEHS Resources

EHEA Annotated Bibliography

The NIEHS has developed this searchable database of over 200 scientific papers to help environmental health researchers become familiar with economic analyzes and incorporate them into their research.

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Worker Training Program (WTP): The WTP provides grants to nonprofit organizations that train workers in the safe handling of hazardous materials or emergency response to hazardous spills. WTP uses economic analyzes to understand the extent to which the program saves businesses and municipalities money or increases employment opportunities for community members.

National Toxicology Program (NTP): The NTP conducts systematic reviews of the links between environmental factors and health outcomes. The NTP has data that could be used to measure and conduct the EHEA.

Examples of beneficiaries: NIEHS does not have a formal EHEA program, but we have identified NIEHS-funded grants that include economic analyzes in their research questions and findings. The examples of recipients listed here included current and previously funded applications.

Information source

Leonardo Trasande, MD

Leonardo Trasande, MD, describes a new method for estimating the economic impact of the chemical bisphenol-A during a lecture at the NIEHS.
(Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

The following data sources have been identified as having economic data related to health outcomes and environmental exposures commonly included in NIEHS-funded research.


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