Environmental Economics

A Study of the Measurement and Distribution of Costs and Benefits of Water Pollution Control

The purpose of this study is to advance understanding of the way in which water pollution benefits and costs will accrue to different income and social groups. The first chapter discusses a variety of conceptual tools and issues in preparation for the actual analysis of benefits and costs. These latter tasks are carried out in Chapter II (benefits) and Chapters III and IV (costs). Specifically, Chapter II deals with water quality benefits in the Boston Metropolitan Area, Chapter III with the distribution of water pollution control costs for the Merrimack River, and Chapter IV with the response of firms to water pollution sewer charges.