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Valuing the Incremental Benefits of Groundwater Protection when Exposure Levels are Known

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  • Gregory Poe
  • Richard Bishop

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Both economic theory and psychological research indicate that benefit functions for reductions in health risk exposures may be conditional on current exposures. Using nitrates found in household wells, it is demonstrated that perceptions of health risks across exposure levels are affected by the individual's current exposure level, thus providing support for a conditional benefits function approach. Functions of conditional incremental benefits are estimated from a contingent valuation study of households that had been informed of their water test results. Incremental benefits reach a peak at an intermediate level of nitrates and then decline. Possible explanations for this non-convexity are provided. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999

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  • Gregory Poe & Richard Bishop, 1999. "Valuing the Incremental Benefits of Groundwater Protection when Exposure Levels are Known," Environmental & Resource Economics, Springer;European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 13(3), pages 341-367, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:enreec:v:13:y:1999:i:3:p:341-367
    DOI: 10.1023/A:1008251418007
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    Keywords

    contingent valuation; damage and benefit functions; groundwater quality; risk perceptions; JEL classification: Q21; Q25; D62;

    JEL classification:

    • Q21 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Demand and Supply; Prices
    • Q25 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Water
    • D62 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Externalities

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