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The Value of Reducing Cancer Risks at Contaminated Sites: Are More Heavily Exposed People Willing to Pay More?

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  • Anna Alberini

    (University of Maryland)

  • Stefania Tonin

    (University IUAV)

  • Margherita Turvani

    (University IUAV)

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We use conjoint choice questions to investigate people’s tastes for cancer risk reductions and income in the context of public programs that would provide for remediation at abandoned industrial contaminated sites. Our survey was self-administered using the computer by persons living in the vicinity of an important contaminated site on the Italian National Priority List. The value of a prevented case of cancer is €2.6 million, but this figure does vary with income, perceived exposure to contaminants, and opinions about priorities that should be pursued by cleanup programs.

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Paper provided by Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei in its series Working Papers with number 2009.60.

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Handle: RePEc:fem:femwpa:2009.60

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Keywords: Value of a Statistical Case of Cancer; Conjoint Choice Experiments; Contaminated Sites; Abandoned Sites; Reuse; Remediation;

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  1. Alberini, Anna & Ščasný, Milan, 2013. "Exploring heterogeneity in the value of a statistical life: Cause of death v. risk perceptions," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 94(C), pages 143-155.
  2. Anna Alberini & Milan Ščasný, 2011. "Context and the VSL: Evidence from a Stated Preference Study in Italy and the Czech Republic," Environmental & Resource Economics, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 49(4), pages 511-538, August.

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