The transfer study, a technique used in cost-benefit analysis, is an increasingly important tool used by government agencies to assess environmental regulatory policy. This innovative book develops protocols for using the transfer method to approach environmental problems and introduces several significant conceptual and methodological advances that refine the transfer process.
The transfer approach to quantitative policy analysis adapts information and data from existing studies and so provides an economical way to assess potential benefits and costs for projects. The book presents a detailed framework for examining the transfer of information, outlines the basic steps of the method, and discusses solutions to frequently encountered problems. It then illustrates the method with an extensive case study of environmental externalities from electricity generation. This case study provides the opportunity to discuss salient aspects of the transfer method in more detail, including conceptual principles, the quality of original studies, empirical difficulties and estimation techniques. It also demonstrates the use of state-of-the-art techniques such as meta analysis to synthesise and transfer information from multiple studies and assesses the reliability of the transfer estimates with repeated computer simulations, a technique known as Monte Carlo analysis.
Environmental Policy Analysis with Limited Information will appeal to environmental policy analysts and managers as well as environmental economists.
William H. Desvousges, President of Triangle Economic Research (TER), US, F. Reed Johnson, Vice President, Research and Development, Triangle Economic Research (TER), US and H. Spencer Banzhaf, Georgia State University, US
Contents: 1. Introduction 2. Critical Aspects of the Transfer 3. Designing the Transfer Study 4. Estimating Changes in Health Services 5. Health Effects Measured as Monetary Costs 6. Other Effects: Agriculture, Materials and Visibility 7. Results of the Case Study 8. Assessing the Transfer Method Bibliography