Environmental Economics

Critical Review of Estimating Benefits of Air and Water Pollution Control

This report provides a critical review of the current state of the art and future prospects of estimating benefits of air and water pollution control. Benefits of controlling air and water pollution arise from gains resulting from improvements in air and water quality. Such gains can be the reduction of damages caused by pollution or the increase in options now feasible because of improved environmental quality. This report includes three independent critiques by three experts, Myrick Freeman, Thomas Crocker, and Joe Stevens. Benefits assessment methodologies were evaluated for the following benefits categories: human health, recreation and aesthetic properties, productivity, mterials, and natural ecosystem perturbations. Specific aspects discussed include the nature and role of benefits, damage functions, valuation of effects, aggregation of results, and representation of uncertainties.

  • Keywords

    1. Benefits Analysis
    1. Benefits Analysis - Valuation
    Environmental Media:
    a. Air
    b. Water
    a. Air - Tropospheric
    b. Water - Surface
    Hershaft, A.
    Freeman III, A. Myrick
    Crocker, Thomas D.
    Stevens, J.B.
    EPA Project Officer/ Manager:
    Waddell, Thomas E.
    Geographic Area:
    United States
    Study Purpose:
    Empirical Application
    Inventory Record #: EE-0177
  • Participating Organizations

    Research Organization:

    Enviro Control, Inc.Address: 11300 Rockville Pike
    City: Rockville State: MD ZIP: 20852
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    Funding Organization:
    Environmental Protection Agency,
    Office of Research and Development
    City: Washington State: DC ZIP: 20460
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    Date Linked: 05/28/2009
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