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Estimating Distributional Effects of Environmental Policy in Swedish Coastal Environments – A Walk along different Socio-economic Dimensions

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  • Håkansson, Cecilia

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    (Division for Environmental Strategies Research)

  • Östberg, Katarina

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    (CERE, Centre for Environmental and Resource Economics)

  • Bostedt, Göran

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    (CERE, Centre for Environmental and Resource Economics)

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    This paper studies distributional effects of environmental policies in Swedish coastal environments, in monetary and environmental quality terms, for different socio-economic groups. The study area is widely used for different recreational activities and has a mix of different visitors. Data comes from a choice experiment study. Some results confirm limited existing knowledge from previous research, although the ethnical dimension to a certain extent contradicts conventional perceptions. Based on previous research from other countries, the hypothesis would be that native Swedes would benefit more from environmental improvements than respondents with a non-Swedish background. Interestingly results differ, depending on the environmental amenity. For example, respondents with a non-Swedish origin benefit more, both in monetary and environmental quality terms, from reduced noise and littering compared to respondents with a Swedish origin. Also, independent of ethnical background, people use the area in a similar manner.

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    Paper provided by CERE - the Center for Environmental and Resource Economics in its series CERE Working Papers with number 2012:18.

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    Length: 41 pages
    Date of creation: 07 Dec 2012
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:slucer:2012_018

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    Keywords: Distributional effects in monetary and environmental quality terms; Non-market valuation; Marine policy; Ethnicity;

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