Environmental Economics

Use of Benefit Information to Improve Individual Regulations, Volume III of Research and Demonstration of Improved Methods for Carrying Out Benefit-Cost Analysis of Individual Regulations

The purpose of the series, of which this is the third volume, is to develop improved methods for carrying out benefit-cost analyses of individual environmental regulations. The series focuses on the benefits of controlling toxic pollutants, rather than the costs, and uses case studies of individual pollutants as a means of integrating the theory and the empirical issues. This, the third volume of the series, evaluates the methodological issues in using benefit-cost analysis as a technique for identifying regulatory alternatives. Specifically, it discuses the use of information on the benefits of control to design regulatory alternatives. This volume consists of three parts. The first part (Part 6 of the series) uses the example of hazardous air pollutants to lay out the methodological and empirical issues surrounding the use of benefit information in environmental regulation. Information on three pollutants (benzene, coke oven emissions, and acrylonitrile) is used to provide a rich illustration of the advantages of evaluating benefits explicitly and the empirical consequences of using alternative regulatory approaches. The second part (Part 7 of the series) extends the first part to evaluate the usefulness of benefit information in a variety of environmental contexts. The key element is the tailoring of national regulations to the circumstances of individual situations, recognizing the cases by case regulation is impossible. The third part (Part 8) concerns the policy implications of toxic chemical environmental damage functions which are typically characterized by a different (nonconvex) form from those of conventional pollutants.
The full titles of the three parts are as follows:

PART 6: BENEFIT-COST ANALYSIS OF ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION: CASE STUDIES OF HAZARDOUS AIR POLLUTANTS
PART 7: BENEFIT-BASED FLEXIBILITY IN ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION
PART 8: THE POLICY IMPLICATIONS OF NONCONVEX ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE FUNCTIONS.
See above under List of All Reports in the Series for links to the other volumes in this series.

  • Keywords

    Subject:
    1. Benefits Analysis
    2. Cost-Benefit and Cost Effectiveness Analysis
    1. Benefits Analysis - Valuation
    2. Cost-Benefit and Cost Effectiveness Analysis - Methodology
    Environmental Media:
    a. Air
    d. Chemicals
    a. Air - Stationary Source
    d. Chemicals - Toxic Substances
    Authors:
    Harrison Jr., David
    EPA Project Officer/ Manager:
    Provenzano, George
    Geographic Area:
    New York, United States, New York Metropolitan Region
    Study Purpose:
    Empirical Application, Methodology Development & Evaluation, Policy Evaluation
    Report Series:
    Research and Demonstration of Improved Methods for Carrying Out Benefit-Cost Analysis of Individual Regulations
    Inventory Record #: EE-0269C
    List of all reports in the Series:
  • Participating Organizations

    Research Organization:

    Harvard University,
    John F. Kennedy School of Government,
    Energy and Environmental Policy Center
    Address:
    City: Cambridge State: Massachusetts ZIP: 02138
    Phone: Fax:
    E-mail:
    Funding Organization:
    Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Policy, Planning and EvaluationAddress:
    City: Washington State: DC ZIP: 20460
    Phone: Fax:
    E-mail:
  • Report Details
    Type:
    Final
    Date:
    11/01/1984
    Number of Pages:
    193
    Comment:
    Grant/Contract #:
    R809702-01
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