Estimating Water Quality Benefits: Theoretical and Methodological Issues

Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Technical Bulletin No. 1808. March 1992

32 Pages Posted: 24 Feb 2016

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Marc Ribaudo

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS)

Daniel Hellerstein

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS), Resource and Rural Economics Division

Date Written: September 22, 1992

Abstract

Knowledge of the benefits and costs to water users is required for a complete assessment of policies to create incentives for water quality improving changes in agricultural production. A number of benefit estimation methods are required to handle the varying nature of water quality effects. This report reviews practical approaches and theoretical foundations for estimating the economic value of changes in water quality to recreation, navigation, reservoirs, municipal water treatment and use, and roadside drainage ditches.

Keywords: Benefits, water quality, economic welfare, demand

JEL Classification: Q25, Q28, D61

Suggested Citation

Ribaudo, Marc and Hellerstein, Daniel, Estimating Water Quality Benefits: Theoretical and Methodological Issues (September 22, 1992). Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Technical Bulletin No. 1808. March 1992. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2736573

Marc Ribaudo (Contact Author)

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Daniel Hellerstein

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS), Resource and Rural Economics Division ( email )

355 E Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024-3221
United States
202-694-5613 (Phone)
202-694-5756 (Fax)

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