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Exposure to pesticides, ill health and averting behaviour : costs and determining the relationship

Wilson, Clevo (2005) Exposure to pesticides, ill health and averting behaviour : costs and determining the relationship. International Journal of Social Economics, 32(12), pp. 1020-1034.

Abstract

Farmers' exposure to pesticides is high in developing countries. As a result many farmers suffer from ill-health, both short and long term. Deaths are not uncommon. This paper addresses this issue. Field survey data from Sri Lanka are used to estimate farmers' expenditure on defensive behavior (DE) and to determine factors that influence DE. The avertive behavior approach is used to estimate costs. Tobit regression analysis is used to determine factors that influence DE. Field survey data show that farmers' expenditures on DE are low. This is inversely related to high incidence of ill health among farmers using pesticides.

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ID Code: 23527
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Pesticides, Developing Countries, Public Health
ISSN: 0306-8293
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > APPLIED ECONOMICS (140200) > Agricultural Economics (140201)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > APPLIED ECONOMICS (140200) > Health Economics (140208)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Economics & Finance
Deposited On: 17 Jun 2009 23:58
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2012 13:10

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