Environmental Economics

Valuing Environmental Quality Changes Using Averting Expenditures: An Application to Groundwater Contamination

Public decision-makers require information on the benefits and costs of policies for groundwater quality protection. The averting expenditures method for valuing environmental improvements is examined and used to approximate the economic sots of groundwater degradation to households in southeastern Pennsylvania community. Regression results indicate that averting expenditures vary with households' knowledge of contamination, perceptions of a contaminant's health risk and presence of young children in the the household. The estimates obtained through averting expenditures analysis have a sound basis in theory and re of sufficient empirical magnitude that they merit consideration in federal, sate, and local groundwater policy decisions.

  • Keywords

    1. Benefits Analysis
    1. Benefits Analysis - Valuation
    1. Benefits Analysis - Valuation - Revealed Preference
    1. Benefits Analysis - Valuation - Revealed Preference - Consumption Choices
    Environmental Media:
    b. Water
    b. Water - Drinking
    b. Water - Groundwater
    Abdalla, Charles W.
    Epp, Donald J.
    Roach, Brian A
    Shortle, James S.
    EPA Project Officer/ Manager:
    O'Neil, William
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    Study Purpose:
    Empirical Application, Data Development
    Inventory Record #: EE-0201A
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    Research Organization:

    Pennsylvania State University, Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology DepartmentAddress:
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    Comment: Staff paper #178
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    Date Linked: 08/25/2017