Environmental Economics

Conventional Benefit-Cost Analyses of Acid Deposition Control are Likely to Be Misleading

This paper, which was presented at an acid rain conference in New York on May 1-2, 1981, concludes that as applied to the acid deposition issue, conventional benefit-cost analysis may fail to represent the most significant considerations. By accenting the positives and understating the negatives of acid depositions, it could promote selective provision of information that increases the perceived attractiveness of the emitters' case. In the author's view it is equally senseless to make control decisions only on the basis of proof of economic losses as it is to make them only on the basis of proof of no economic losses. What must be done, he argues is to weigh the benefits and costs of adhering to each type of proof;.

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    2. Cost-Benefit and Cost Effectiveness Analysis
    2. Cost-Benefit and Cost Effectiveness Analysis - Specific Sectors and Pollutants
    Environmental Media:
    a. Air
    b. Water
    e. Ecosystems
    a. Air - Tropospheric
    b. Water - Surface
    Crocker, Thomas D.
    EPA Project Officer/ Manager:
    Carlin, Alan
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    Empirical Application, Methodology Development & Evaluation
    Inventory Record #: EE-0554
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