Valuation of pollution abatement benefits: Direct and indirect measurement

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This paper deals with the valuation of benefits, especially morbidity reduction, associated with air pollution abatement. Two approaches are employed. These are direct, contingent valuation, as gauged by willingness to pay, and indirect valuation through the effect of changes in the provision of a public good (clean air) upon the demand for two market goods, housing and medical services. Both empirical analyses are based on the same set of individuals from a sample survey of households in the city of Haifa in Israel. This strategy enabled the derivation of comparable individual valuations. The paper then proceeds to compare and evaluate the estimates of welfare changes obtained under these two distinct approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-151
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Urban Economics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 1991

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Support for this researchw as providedb y a grant from the U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation.W e thank E. Diewart, M. Freeman,S . Gerking, P. Johansson,A . Krupnick, L. Lave, E. Loehman,K . Miller, E. Mills, and D. Sheferf or beneficiald iscussionsa nd advice,o r for commentso n earlier versions of the paper. Special thanks are due to L. Golan for invaluabler esearcha ssistantship.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Urban Studies


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