ERIC Number: ED250207
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
Measuring the Benefits of Clean Air and Water.
Kneese, Allen V.
This book examines the current state of the art regarding benefits assessment, including such tools as bidding games, surveys, property-value studies, wage differentials, risk reduction evaluation, and mortality and morbidity cost estimation. It is based on research, sponsored by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, related to the quantitative estimation of benefits derived from the maintenance or improvement of air and water quality. Part I is a presentation of basic concepts and methods which underlie the case studies in Parts II and III. Areas addressed include benefit-cost analysis (the technique of policy analysis that, under Executive Order 12291, must be applied to all major federal regulatory actions), the concept of economic benefits, links between actions affecting the environment and their effects on humans (and why an understanding of those links is important for benefits estimation), and problems of assigning economic values to cleaner air and water. Part II presents case studies dealing with urban air pollution. Part III presents case studies dealing with rural and regional air and water pollution and discusses benefit estimation related to acid rain, groundwater contamination, and visibility in national parks. Parts IV and V contain concluding remarks, and a bibliography and index. (JN)
Descriptors: Agriculture, Air Pollution, Case Studies, Cost Effectiveness, Ecology, Economic Factors, Environmental Standards, Physical Environment, Public Health, Risk, Rural Environment, Urban Environment, Water Pollution, Water Quality
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Resources for the Future, Inc., Washington, DC.