Environmental Economics

The Benefits of Preserving Visibility in the National Parklands of the Southwest, Volume VIII of Methods Development for Environmental Control Benefits Assessment

This study was designed to measure the economic value of preserving visibility in the National Parklands of the Southwest. This was done using survey techniques, which revealed that Americans place great value on the preservation of air quality in the Parklands Region and that this valuation is not localized to residents of the Southwest. Further, the report found that pure existence value overwhelms a substantial user value for the National Parks of the region.
The report is divided into the following chapters:

    1. Introduction
    2. Representing Visibility with Photographs
    3. Regional Emissions and Visbility
    4. Perception of Visibility
    5. Measuring the Economic Value of Visibility
    6. Survey Design
    7. Survey Results
    8. Aggregate Benefits of Preserving Visibility
In addition, there are three appendices, as follows:
    A. Theory of Visibility Applicable to This Study
    B. Valuing Public Goods: A Comparison of Survey and Hedonic Approaches
    C. Visibility Questionaire
These appendices are followed with a list of references.
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  • Keywords

    1. Benefits Analysis
    1. Benefits Analysis - Valuation
    1. Benefits Analysis - Valuation - Stated Preference
    1. Benefits Analysis - Valuation - Stated Preference - Contingent Valuation
    Environmental Media:
    a. Air
    a. Air - Tropospheric
    Brookshire, David S.
    Schulze, William D.
    Ben-David, Shaul
    Walther, Eric G.
    Kelley, Karen
    Thayer, Mark A.
    Whitworth, Regan
    EPA Project Officer/ Manager:
    Carlin, Alan
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    Empirical Application
    Report Series:
    Methods Development for Environmental Control Benefits Assessment
    Inventory Record #: EE-0278H
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    Wyoming, University ofAddress:
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    Environmental Protection Agency
    Office of Policy, Ploanning and Evaluation
    City: Washington State: DC ZIP: 20460
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    Date Linked: 05/28/2009