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Methods Development in Measuring Benefits of Environmental Improvements: Volumes I-VIII, (1982)

Paper Number: EE-0272

Document Date: 06/01/1982

Author(s):  Resources for the Future; the University of Wyoming;  the University of New Mexico;  and the University of Chicago

Subject Area(s):  Economic Analysis, Air Quality, Benefits Analysis, Human Health Benefits, Ecological Benefits

Keywords: Economic Analysis, Air Quality, Benefits Analysis, Human Health Benefits, Ecological Benefits


A series of reports were prepared under a grant awarded to the University of Wyoming for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency focusing on estimating the benefits of pollution control.  Most of the reports prepared under this grant are available for downloading, unless otherwise noted.

Volume I: Executive Summary

Volume II.  Report considers experimental or contingent valuation approaches to valuing air and water quality improvements, paying particular attention to the benefits of improving visibility in national parks, improving national water quality, reducing risks of exposure to hazardous waste, and reducing ambient ozone concentrations in the South Coast Air Basin.  (Authors: Cummings, Ronald G.; Schulze, William D.; Brookshire, David S.; Thayer, Mark A.; Whitworth, Regan; Rahmatian, Morteza)

Volume III. Report updates earlier efforts to estimate the benefits of controlling acid deposition. (Authors: Crocker, Thomas D.;
Cummings, Ronald G.; Forester, Bruce A.) this report is currently unavailable for downloading

Volume IV.  Report addresses methods for valuing the economic impacts of air pollution on ecosystems, providing a theoretical model and an empirical illustration using contingent valuation of the condition of a forest stock. (Authors: Crocker, Thomas D.;
Tschirhart, John T.; Adams, Richard M.; Katz, Richard W.)

Volume V. Report uses National Academy of Sciences data on twins to examine the effects of elevated levels of sulfur dioxide and total suspended particulates on symptoms including chest pain, cough, and shortness of breath. (Authors: d'Arge, Ralph C.;
Kask, Susan B.; Case, James C.; Ben-David, Shaul; Eubanks, Larry; Anderson, Curtis)

Volume VI.  Report develops a new methodology for estimating the benefits of reduced human morbidity stemming from improved air pollution control and tests that methodology using data from adult residents of St. Louis, MO.  (Authors: Gerking, Shelby D.; Stanley, Linda R.; Weirick, William N)

Volume VII. Report presents a collection of three papers that assess the economic benefits of controlling pollutants, such as lead, that affect the health of children. (Authors:  Needleman, Herbert L.;  Atkinson, Scott E.; Crocker, Thomas D.; Murdock, Robert G.)

Volume VIII.  Paper Is a non-technical discussion of then recent developments in estimating the benefits of environmental improvements. (Author: d'Arge, Ralph C.)  this report is currently unavailable for downloading

This paper is part of the  Environmental Economics Research Inventory.

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