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By A. Myrick Freeman III (auth.), Patricia A. Champ, Kevin J. Boyle, Thomas C. Brown (eds.)

A Primer on Nonmarket Valuation is exclusive in its transparent descriptions of the main normal nonmarket valuation concepts and their implementation. contributors operating for presidency corporations, legal professionals concerned with normal source harm exams, graduate scholars, and others will get pleasure from the non-technical and functional tone of this publication.
The first component of the booklet offers the context and theoretical beginning of nonmarket valuation, besides useful info matters.
The heart sections of the Primer describe the main said and printed nonmarket valuation strategies. for every process, the stairs fascinated about implementation are laid out and defined. either practitioners of nonmarket valuation and people who are new to the sphere will come clear of those equipment chapters with a radical realizing of the way to layout, enforce, and examine a nonmarket valuation study.

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The basic premise of neoclas sical economic theory is that people have preferences over goods, in our case both market and nonmarket goods. Without regard to the costs, each individual is assumed to be able to order bundles of goods in terms ofdesirability, resulting in a complet e preferen ce ordering. The fact that each individual can preference order bundles forms the basis ofchoice . The most fundamental elem ent of economic theor y is the preference ordering, more simply the desires of the individual , not money.

Second, some individuals may value the environment for its mere existence. " Third, bequest of natural areas to future generations may be a motive for current nonusers to value preservation, particularly since given the dynamic 48 Chapter 2 characteristics mentioned earlier, preserving natural areas effectively provides an estate of appreciating assets . These examples obviously struck a chord with many economists. " Measuring passive use values and using them in policy analysis, particularly natural resource damage assessment, has been controversial.

We may assign value to these policies or projects in order to assess whether the benefits justify the costs. For example, con sider a policy intended to improve the water quality of Boulder Creek, a stream that runs through my hometown 30 Chapter 2 ofBoulder, Colorado . I care about this stream because Ijog along its banks and enjoy the wildlife that it supports, including the trout that my daughters may catch when they are lucky . To pay for this clean-up, the prices of market goods might change due to an increase in sales tax and/or I might be asked to pay a lump-sum fee.

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