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
Date Written: September 22, 1992
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
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