Environmental Economics

Achieving Greater Consistency Between Subjective and Objective Risks

The purpose of this research is to determine which risk communication strategies can achieve greater consistency between the subjective risk estimates of citizens and the objective risk estimates by experts. The report contains an overview and critique of the risk perception-risk communication literature and discusses the need for the current research. The research design and protocol that was used for interviewing 174 adults in a (unspecified) county about the risks associated with a Superfund or hazardous waste site are discussed. Results and implications of the study for risk communication are presented.

  • Keywords

    Subject:
    1. Benefits Analysis
    1. Benefits Analysis - Risk Communication and Other
    Environmental Media:
    c. Land
    c. Land - Solid Waste/RCRA
    c. Land - Superfund/CERCLA
    Authors:
    Bord, Richard J.
    Epp, Donald J.
    O'Connor, Robert E.
    EPA Project Officer/ Manager:
    Geographic Area:
    Study Purpose:
    Methodology Development & Evaluation, Methodology Guidelines
    Inventory Record #: EE-0097
  • Participating Organizations

    Research Organization:

    Pennsylvania State University, Environmental Resources Research InstituteAddress:
    City: University Park State: PA ZIP:
    Phone: Fax:
    E-mail:
    Funding Organization:
    Environmental Protection AgencyAddress:
    City: Washington State: DC ZIP: 20460
    Phone: Fax:
    E-mail:
  • Report Details
    Type:
    Final
    Date:
    04/01/1989
    Number of Pages:
    126
    Comment:
    EPA #:
    Grant/Contract #:
    EPA 230-11-89-071
    CR-814592-01-1
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