Environmental Economics

Measuring the Benefits of Air Quality Improvements in the San Francisco Bay Area: Property Value and Contingent Valuation Studies, Volume IV of Methods Development for Environmental Control Benefits Assessment

One purpose of this study is to test the methods developed in the Brookshire et al. (1979) study of air pollution values for Los Angeles in another area, namely the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, the authors test whether certain modifications of the methods used will effect the conclusions obtained. As in the Los Angeles study, this study includes two different methods for determination of values related to air quality changes. One major study uses property value data to obtain value estimates from actual market transactions. The other study uses survey information; here, value information is obtained from self-reports of behavior in a hypothetical situation. See also a later re-analysis in EE-0530.
The report is divided into the following sections:

    1. Overview of Study
    2. Air Pollutants in the Bay Area
    3. Air Quality Measurement and Classification
    4. Stratification of the Study Area and Statistical Sample
    5. Property Value Regression Study
    6. Benefit Measurement
    7. Willingness to Pay Survey
    8. Comparisons of Valuation Methods.
Attached to the end of the file labeled Section 8 are the references and the beginning of Appendix A. The appendices are as follows:
    A. Data and Database Management
    B. Taxonomy Methods
    C. Air Quality Survey Form
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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
    1. Benefits Analysis - Valuation - Revealed Preference
    1. Benefits Analysis - Valuation - Revealed Preference - Property Value
    Environmental Media:
    a. Air
    a. Air - Tropospheric
    Loehman, Edna
    Boldt, David
    Chaikin, Kathleen
    EPA Project Officer/ Manager:
    Carlin, Alan
    Geographic Area:
    California, San Francisco
    Study Purpose:
    Empirical Application
    Report Series:
    Methods Development for Environmental Control Benefits Assessment
    Inventory Record #: EE-0278D
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    Wyoming, University ofAddress:
    City: Laramie State: WY ZIP:
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    Funding Organization:
    Environmental Protection Agency
    Office of Policy and Resource Management
    City: Washington State: DC ZIP: 20460
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    Date Linked: 05/28/2009