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The Benefits of Air and Water Pollution Control: A Review and Synthesis of Recent Estimates (1979)

Paper Number: EE-0048

Document Date: 09/01/1979

Author(s):  Freeman III, A. Myrick

Subject Area(s):

Economic Analysis, Air Quality, Water Quality, Benefit Analysis

Keywords: Economic Analysis, Air Quality, Water Quality, Benefit Analysis


The major objectives of this report (prepared for the Council of Environmental Quality in 1979) are first, to provide a survey and critical review of the existing literature giving estimates of national benefits or damages; second, where possible, to place all the estimates in a common framework with respect to such factors as postulated change in pollution, year and price level, and so forth, so as to facilitate comparisons, and third, to draw upon this body of past research to obtain defensible and consistent estimates of the benefits of controlling air and water pollution. Although there is no effort to do so here, these estimates could then be compared with cost measures to inform the ongoing debate about overregulation. 

The report is organized as follows: 

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2. Air Pollution Control Benefits

Chapter 3. Water Pollution Control Benefits

This paper is part of the  Environmental Economics Research Inventory.

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