The Benefits of Contaminated Site Cleanup Revisited: The Case of Naples and Caserta, Italy

29 Pages Posted: 25 Aug 2010  

Anna Alberini

University of Maryland - Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics; Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM)

Milan Ščasný

Charles University Prague

Dennis Guignet

Government of the United States of America - National Center for Environmental Economics; University of Maryland

Stefania Tonin

University IUAV of Venice

Date Written: June 25, 2010

Abstract

Guerriero and Cairns (2009) recently estimate that contaminated sites and improper waste management result in 848 excess deaths per year in the provinces of Naples and Caserta in Southern Italy, 403 of which are fatal cancers. In the absence of estimates of the Value of a Prevented Fatality (VPF) in Italy or specific to the hazardous waste context, they use figures recommended by DG-Environment. Contrary to their claims, estimates of the VPF are available for Italy that are specific to the hazardous waste context, and for causes of death that have been linked to contaminated site exposures. We review them in this paper. We also produce new estimates of the cancer VPF using data from a recent survey conducted in Milan, Italy, in late November to mid-December 2008. The evidence points to much higher VPF figures than the ones used by Guerriero and Cairns, and hence to much larger estimates of the reduced mortality benefits of remediating the hazardous waste in the Naples and Caserta areas. We also examine the importance of the discount rates, since the mortality benefits of remediation begin in 20 years and are assumed to continue over 30 years.

Keywords: Value of a Prevented Fatality, Stated Preferences, Hazardous Waste Sites, Contaminated Sites, Cancer, Mortality Benefits, Cost-Benefit Analysis

JEL Classification: I18, J17, K32, Q51, Q53

Suggested Citation

Alberini, Anna and Ščasný, Milan and Guignet, Dennis and Tonin, Stefania, The Benefits of Contaminated Site Cleanup Revisited: The Case of Naples and Caserta, Italy (June 25, 2010). FEEM Working Paper No. 86.2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1665005 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1665005

Anna Alberini (Contact Author)

University of Maryland - Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics ( email )

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Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM)

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Milan Ščasný

Charles University Prague ( email )

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Dennis Guignet

Government of the United States of America - National Center for Environmental Economics ( email )

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United States

University of Maryland ( email )

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University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-5535
United States

Stefania Tonin

University IUAV of Venice ( email )

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Venice, 30135
Italy

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