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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.
1. Benefits Analysis
1. Benefits Analysis - Valuation
1. Benefits Analysis - Valuation - Revealed Preference
1. Benefits Analysis - Valuation - Revealed Preference - Consumption ChoicesEnvironmental Media:
b. Water - Drinking
b. Water - GroundwaterAuthors:
Abdalla, Charles W.
Epp, Donald J.
Roach, Brian A
Shortle, James S.EPA Project Officer/ Manager:
O'Neil, WilliamGeographic Area: PennsylvaniaStudy Purpose: Empirical Application, Data Development
- Participating Organizations
Pennsylvania State University, Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology Department Address:
City: State: ZIP:
- Report Details
FinalDate: 06/01/1990Number of Pages: 21Grant/Contract #: CR815412
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