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Environmental Health Economic Analysis
NIEHS is developing tools and resources to help environmental health scientists incorporate economic analyses into their research.
These efforts support Goal 10 of the NIEHS Strategic Plan, which prioritizes the evaluation of economic impacts from 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 welcome questions.
Resources from NIEHS
EHEA Annotated Bibliography
Worker Training Program (WTP): The WTP awards grants to nonprofit organizations that train workers in the safe handling of hazardous materials or emergency response to hazardous spills. WTP uses economic analyses to understand the extent to which the program saves businesses and municipalities money or increases job opportunities for community members.
- The Economic Impact of the Environmental Career Worker Training Program: This 2015 WTP report included a finding that an annual federal investment of $3.5 million in the program generates a $100 million annual return.
- The Economic and Social Benefits of OSHA-10 Training in the Building and Construction Trades: This 2013 report was commissioned by a WTP grantee to determine the economic value of OSHA-10 training.
National Toxicology Program (NTP): The NTP conducts systematic reviews of links between environmental factors and health outcomes. The NTP has data that could be used to measure and conduct EHEA.
Grantee Examples: NIEHS does not have a formal EHEA program, but we have identified NIEHS-funded grants that include economic analyses in their research questions and findings.
- National Library of Medicine: A self-study course on Health Economics Information Resources
- EPA Environmental Benefits Mapping and Analysis Program (BenMAP-CE)
- National Cancer Institute – Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program
- Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
- National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
- Medical Expenditure Panel Survey
- Medicaid Statistical Information System (MSIS) State Summary Datamarts
- Medicare HOS Research Data Files
- Kaiser Permanente: Research Program on Genes, Environment and Health
- Pew Research Center: Data
- Kaiser Family Foundation
- The California Endowment
- Global Burden of Disease (GBD)
- Chemical Exposure Linked to Billions in Health Care Costs (National Geographic, 2015)
- Economist puts dollar figures on impact of underserved and minority training (Environmental Factor, 2014)
- The economic costs of environmental health impacts (Environmental Factor, 2014)