In an article published in the August 2016 edition of Environmental Factor, Kelly Lenox reports on a new tool to help incorporate economic analyses in environmental health research. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) has developed the Environmental Health Economic Analysis Annotated Bibliography, which lists over 70 scientific papers, reports, and reviews on environmental health topics that include some type of economic analysis. The list can be searched by terms for economic models and variables, environmental exposures, and health outcomes. Also, the list will be updated periodically. When a study on the effects of exposure to environmental hazards “includes data that quantifies economic implications, policymakers are more likely to take action,” Christie Drew, head of the Program Analysis Branch in NIEHS’ Division Of Extramural Research And Training (DERT), pointed out. The NIEHS database, compiling existing economic work on environmental exposures, is a “first step in helping researchers think about the types of economic questions that might be applicable to their work,” Drew further stated.

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Kelly Lenox (August 2016). “New tool for economic analyses in environmental health research.Environmental Factor