A multi-component assessment by a Harvard and Tsinghua collaborative team integrates studies to estimate and compare the national health damages of ambient air pollution in China by sector. It uses these estimates to assess the effects of green tax policies on emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases, human health, and the economy.
The assessment and its results and policy conclusions are presented in a comprehensive volume, Clearing the Air: The Health and Economic Damages of Air Pollution in China (Ho and Nielsen 2007, MIT Press). Advised by Dale W. Jorgenson (Samuel Morris University Professor), the initiative was developed and managed by Mun S. Ho (Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science) and Chris P. Nielsen (Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences). The Tsinghua University component was led by Jiming Hao (Academician and Professor, School of Environment). Additional Harvard faculty playing key roles were Jonathan I. Levy and James K. Hammitt of the Harvard School of Public Health.