Environmental Economics

Methods Development for Environmental Control Benefits Assessment Volume X - Executive Summary

The studies summarized by this volume (listed above) represent original efforts to construct both a conceptually coherent and empirically verifiable set of methods for assessing environmental quality improvement benefits. The authors believe that a conceptually and empirically simpler method than traditional - the survey method - holds great promise for expanding the range of environmental phenomena that benefit-cost analysis can reliably capture. The authors also attempt to demonstrate that some environmental phenomena, particularly those involving the human health and ecosystem effects of pollution, will require the use of more complex models and estimation procedures if consistently reliable measures intended for policy guidance are to be obtained.