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Key Words: Global Warming, Amenity Values, Value of Life, death rates.

By Thomas Gale Moore, Senior Fellow, Kenneth L. Judd, Eddie Lazear, Charles G. Moore and S. Fred Singer For Helpful

Abstract

A somewhat warmer climate would probably reduce mortality in the United States and provide Americans with valuable benefits. Regressions of death rates in Washington, DC, and in some 89 urban counties scattered across the nation on climate and demographic variables demonstrate that warmer temperatures reduce deaths. The results imply that a 2.5 ° Celsius warming would lower deaths in the United States by about 40,000 per year. Although the data on illness are poor, the numbers indicate that warming might reduce medical costs by about $20 billion annually. Utilizing willingness to pay as a measure of preference, this paper regresses wage rates for a few narrowly defined occupations in metropolitan areas on measures of temperature and size of city and finds that people prefer warm climates. Workers today would be willing to give up between $40 billion and $61 billion in wages for a 2.5°C increase in temperatures

Year: 1996
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