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Agricultural and human health impacts of climate policy in China: a general equilibrium analysis with special reference to Guangdong

China is likely to focus its efforts on reducing poverty through economic growth, which will have consequences for how the country addresses climate change. This OECD study considers the effects of a carbon tax on health and agricultural productivity.

The paper shows that there is considerable scope for slowing emissions growth without hurting economic growth. The health benefits of reducing regional pollution are significant, and the welfare gains from improved agricultural productivity are almost as great. The combined health and agricultural benefits of a carbon tax make reducing carbon dioxide emissions using such a tax a realistic goal.

While somewhat technical, this report is well researched and gives a thorough assessment of the subject. It is pertinent reading for anyone interested in climate change and human health, including health care professionals.

This document is available in pdf format only. An abstract is available online here.

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