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Mercury advisories and household health trade-offs

Shimshack, Jay; Ward, Michael

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The conventional economic wisdom is that improving consumer information will enhance welfare. Yet, some scientists speculate that the Food and Drug Administration's prominent mercury in fish advisory may have harmed public health. Lower mercury intakes reduce neurological toxicity risks. However, since seafood is the predominant dietary source of healthful omega-3 fatty acids, reduced fish consumption may have significant offsetting health impacts. We explore this risk trade-off using a rich...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/18060
Source: Journal of Health Economics
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2010.05.001

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