Estimating the Benefits of Water Quality Improvements Under the Water Framework Directive: Are Benefits Transferable?

Posted: 29 Feb 2008

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Nick Hanley

University of Glasgow - Department of Economics

Sergio Colombo

Andalusian Institute of Agrarian Research

Dugald Tinch

University of Stirling - Economics Department

Andrew Black

University of Dundee

Ashar Aftab

Durham University - Department of Economics and Finance

Abstract

The Water Framework Directive sets an objective of 'Good Ecological Status' for water bodies across the EU. Non-point pollution from agriculture is a major reason for the failure of rivers in the UK to meet this target. In this paper, we use choice experiment methodology to test the transferability of benefit estimates of water quality improvements for two small catchments where agricultural-source non-point pollution and irrigation water abstraction are the main threats to ecological status. We also investigate the most appropriate techniques to apply to transfer testing, including allowing for correlation between preferences for environmental attributes, and testing for acceptable differences between transferred and original values.

Keywords: Water Framework Directive, benefits transfer, choice experiments, non-point pollution, irrigation

Suggested Citation

Hanley, Nick and Colombo, Sergio and Tinch, Dugald and Black, Andrew and Aftab, Ashar, Estimating the Benefits of Water Quality Improvements Under the Water Framework Directive: Are Benefits Transferable?. European Review of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 33, Issue 3, pp. 391-413, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1097966 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/erae/jbl019

Nick Hanley (Contact Author)

University of Glasgow - Department of Economics ( email )

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Sergio Colombo

Andalusian Institute of Agrarian Research

Seville, 41092
Spain

Dugald Tinch

University of Stirling - Economics Department ( email )

Stirling, Scotland FK9 4LA
United Kingdom

Andrew Black

University of Dundee

Dundee, Scotland DD1 4HN
United Kingdom

Ashar Aftab

Durham University - Department of Economics and Finance ( email )

Durham, DH1 3HY
United Kingdom

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