What about the value of statistical life across populations or countries with different incomes? As described in this chapter, economic valuation is based firmly upon human preferences. President George W. Bush articulated a strategy of increasing domestic production, not only of oil, but also of natural gas and coal. B. Opschoor and Dr. Hans B. Vos, Economic Instruments for Environmental Protection (Paris: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development), p. 53. used from X1 to X3. The efficient path for this situation is given in Figures 6.3a and 6.3b. This has the added virtue that 227 228 TABLE 9.2 Chapter 9 Replenishable but Depletable Resources: Water Pricing Structures for Public Water Systems in the United States (1982–2008) 1982 1987 1991 1996 1998 2000 2002 2004 2006 2008 % % % % % % % % % % 1 — 3 — — — — — – – Uniform Volume Charge 35 32 35 32 34 36 37 39 40 32 Decreasing Block 60 51 45 36 35 35 31 25 24 28 Increasing Block 4 17 17 32 31 29 32 36 36 40 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 Flat Fee Total Source: Raftelis Rate Survey, Raftelis Financial Consulting. XLV (September 2007): 686–702 63 EXAMPLE 3.4 64 Chapter 3 Evaluating Trade-Offs: Benefit–Cost Analysis and Other Decision-Making Metrics considered independently of fluctuations in the true social cost of capital due to cycles in the behavior of the economy. Intergenerational effects are less important because future supplies depend on natural phenomena (such as precipitation) rather than on current withdrawal 6 http://water.usgs.gov/ogw/pubs/fs00165/. By 2002 this price had already fallen to $3.75.7 Rural electrification projects using photovoltaics are slowly spreading into developing countries. Coal Coal’s main drawback is its contribution to air pollution. The former is an academically inclined list focusing on problems related to natural resource management; the latter is a wider-ranging discussion list dealing with sustainable development. It not only takes much more energy to extract these unconventional resources (making the net energy gain smaller), but, in the case of Canadian tar sands, large amounts The Other Depletable Sources: Unconventional Oil and Gas, Coal, and Nuclear Energy of water are also necessary either to separate bitumen from the sand and other solids, or to produce steam, depending on the oil-recovery method. The amount consumed by one generation does not reduce the amount that can be consumed by subsequent generations. Can you see why? “A Review of the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change,” Journal of Economic Literature Vol. At the switch point, the marginal cost of the depletable resource (including marginal user cost) rises to meet the marginal cost of the substitute, and the transition occurs. If the land values were not cheap enough to compensate them for the risk of that location, they would not have to live there. It’s a simple question with a complex answer. Are future generations adequately represented in this transaction? Recognizing this impact, the cartel must take the nonmembers into account when setting prices. Current consumers would unambiguously be better off, since consumer surplus would be area A + B + C instead of area A. 5. When demand elasticities are between 0 and –1 (i.e., when the percent quantity response is smaller than the percent price response), price increases lead to increased revenue. The expected damage caused by one or more embargoes depends on the likelihood of occurrence, as well as the intensity and duration. 185 186 186 188 188 189 189 191 191 192 192 194 196 197 197 200 204 204 205 208 209 211 212 212 214 218 219 219 220 221 222 223 223 224 229 230 231 232 xi xii Contents GIS and Water Resources Summary 233 ● Discussion Questions 234 ● Problems 234 ● Further Reading 235 10 A Locationally Fixed, Multipurpose Resource: Land Introduction The Economics of Land Allocation Land Use Land-Use Conversion Sources of Inefficient Use and Conversion Sprawl and Leapfrogging Incompatible Land Uses Undervaluing Environmental Amenities The Influence of Taxes on Land-Use Conversion DEBATE 10.1 Should Landowners Be Compensated for “Regulatory Takings”? reflects the existence of an ecological conscience, and this in turn reflects a conviction of individual responsibility for the health of the land. Efficient Intertemporal Allocations tion cost is so high that earlier consumption of one more unit imposes virtually no sacrifice at all. Some areas attempt to enlist economic incentives by imposing a disposal or recycling surcharge on the product. Is risk-neutrality an appropriate assumption for benefit–cost analysis? And, as highlighted above, capturing all components of value is challenging. Once these rights have been acquired, the associations charge for fishing, using some of the revenues to preserve and improve the fish habitat. Beverage container deposits also reduce illegal disposal (littering) because an incentive is created to bring the bottle or can to a recycling center. The survey followed the recommendations made by the NOAA panel for conducting contingent valuation surveys and for ensuring reliable estimates. The decision to confer the property right on a particular party results in a transfer of wealth to that party. Let’s consider these issues one by one. Once notified, consumers took one or more of the following actions: (1) they purchased more bottled water; (2) they started using bottled water; (3) they installed home water-treatment systems; (4) they hauled water from alternative sources; and (5) they boiled water. For example, the U.S. EPA provides guidelines on distributional issues in its “Guidelines for Preparing Economic Analysis.” According to the EPA, distributional analysis “assesses changes in social welfare by examining the effects of a regulation across different sub-populations and entities.” Distributional analysis can take two forms: economic impact analysis and equity analysis. A reduction in the availability of Y from Y1 to Y2 necessitates a reduction in output from O 1 to O2 . The point is that the cost of waste disposal does not increase with the amount of waste to be disposed. Since ISO-NE does not itself generate electricity, to assure this future capacity, they solicit bids in a competitive auction not only for additional generating capacity, but also for legally enforceable additional reductions in peak demand from energy efficiency, which reduces the need for more capacity. Energy efficiency programs would create jobs. It would be advantageous to establish procedures guaranteeing the homogeneity of the scrap and minimizing the amount of processing necessary to recycle it. The economic result was diminishing returns to agricultural labor and the production of food failed to keep pace with the increasing population. According to the U.S. EPA, the rate of recycled waste in the United States has risen to 33.2 percent in 2008 (Figure 8.1). 243 244 Chapter 10 A Locationally Fixed, Multipurpose Resource: Land DEBATE 10.1 Should Landowners Be Compensated for “Regulatory Takings”? Pezzey, J.V.C., and Michael A. Toman. Currently OPEC produces about 45 percent of the world’s oil. The strongest case for government intervention flows from the existence of externalities. Deontological rules [*PG601]invoke a distinction between action and inaction, or between what’s intentional and what’s merely foreseen, that, it seems to me, is morally epiphenomenal. The fact that positive analysis does not, by itself, determine the desirability of some policy action does not mean that it is not useful in the policy process. With a competitive fringe, it would set the initial price somewhat lower than the pure monopoly price and allow price to rise more rapidly. While we reserve a full discussion of this topic for Chapter 17 on mobile-source pollution, for our current purpose, consider just two examples: pollution externalities and parking subsidies. If resources are to be allocated efficiently, firms must use the same rate to discount future net benefits as is appropriate for society at large. In another example, in Chapter 7, we shall see how the desire to hold down natural gas prices for consumers led to massive FIGURE 2.9 The Market for Steel Revisited MCs MCp A B C MCp (with government subsidy) Pn D Q* QP (with subsidy) 37 38 Chapter 2 The Economic Approach shortages. High oil and natural gas prices, coupled with the rapidly increasing cost of both nuclear and coalfired generating stations, have reduced electrical demand significantly. Numerous census data are available on variables such as income, age, education, crime rates, and commuting time. At this point, although the producer’s surplus (HFED) is maximized, the sum of consumer and producer surplus is clearly not, because this choice causes society to lose economic surplus equal to triangle EDC.5 Monopolies supply an inefficiently small amount of the good. Nonetheless, it is important that this compensation actually be paid because without compensation, the losers can block the efficient allocation. This definition places special emphasis on preserving natural (as opposed to total) capital under the assumption that natural and physical capital offer limited substitution possibilities. Is it large enough to support preservation? A detailed look at the political and economic ramifications of an attempt by Tucson, Arizona, to improve the pricing of its diminishing supply of water. As the total marginal cost for a resource rises over time, society should actively explore possible new sources of that resource. p. cm. Genetic diversity, critical to species survival in the natural world, has also proved to be important in the development of new crops and livestock. (Note the contrast between commonpool resources and public goods, the subject of the next section.) International Energy Agency. One common mistake in failing to respect these distinctions is using data on current reserves as if they represented the maximum potential reserves. Furthermore, the existence of this pressure does not depend on the assignment of property rights. Perhaps the most significant role for conservation is its ability to defer capacity expansion. II. Ten essays dealing with how sustainable development might be implemented. To put the point another way, this pluralist moral foundation would have a consequentialist part and a nonconsequentialist part. 4 Total marginal cost cannot be greater than the marginal cost of the substitute. Consumer acceptance is an important ingredient in the transition to any alternative source of energy. In practice, this can be handled using a spot market (Zarnikau, 1994). EXAMPLE 15.5 Technology Diffusion in the Chlorine-Manufacturing Sector Summary 419 ● Discussion Questions 421 ● Self-Test Exercises 422 ● Further Reading 422 EXAMPLE 15.1 16 17 Climate Change Introduction The Science of Climate Change Negotiations over Climate Change Policy Characterizing the Broad Strategies DEBATE 16.1 Should Carbon Sequestration in the Terrestrial Biosphere Be Credited? Economic analysis provides an incredibly useful set of tools for anyone interested in understanding and/or modifying human behavior, particularly in the face of scarcity. . 5. If OPEC raised the price of oil high enough, would that be sufficient to promote an efficient energy mix? Environmental Problems and Economic Efficiency Static Efficiency The chief normative economic criterion for choosing among various outcomes occurring at the same point in time is called static efficiency, or merely efficiency. Why? Meaning of Externality: An externality exists when the consumption and production choices of one person or firm enter the utility or production function of another entity without that […] Other potential future uses for recycled PET bottles include waterproof shipping containers and coating for paper. Efficiency mandates that land-use conversion should take place only if the net benefits of the new use are larger than the net benefits of the old. 43 44 Chapter 2 The Economic Approach Self-Test Exercises 1. Note the two dimensions—one economic and one geological. California, Texas, Nebraska, Arkansas, and Florida are the states with the largest groundwater withdrawals. The authors also point out, however, that the distributional implications of this choice should not be ignored. Imagine an agency decision of some kind that moderately decreases long-run overall welfare, but has a large effect in preventing the degradation of ecosystems. What are the revenue implications to the town of establishing a deposit-refund system? With population growth and the consequent rise in the demand for land, this allocation system became less appropriate. With open-access resources, neither of these desires translates into conservation for the simple reason that water conserved by one party may simply be used by someone else because the conserver has no exclusive right to the water that is saved. Pricing of Water Services (Paris: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, 1987). 395 (October 1998): 433–434. Though some groundwater is renewed by percolation of rain or melted snow, most was accumulated over geologic time and, because of its location, cannot be recharged once it is depleted. Uranium Another potential transition fuel, uranium, used in nuclear electrical-generation stations, has its own limitations—abundance and safety. Water Transfers and Water Markets The first reform would reduce the number of restrictions on water transfers. Scheraga, Joel D., and Frances G. Sussman. Mining would produce income and employment, but it could also cause the ecosystems in both the KCZ and KNP to experience irreversible damage. Howe and Goemans (2003) compare the NCWCD market to two other markets in Colorado to show how different institutional arrangements affect the size and types of water transfers. Emissions of air pollutants, including CO2, are usually even greater for unconventional sources than they are for conventional sources. 3 For an economic analysis of the magnitude of this impact, see Herriges et al. The unique aspects of local and regional air pollution, climate change, vehicle air pollution, water pollution, and the control of toxic substances are dealt with in the five subsequent chapters. If the respondent has no experience using the second body of water, the valuation could be based on an entirely false perception. Suppose a grandparent left you an inheritance of $10,000, and you put it in a bank where it earns 10 percent interest. With respect to preservation incentives, occupiers with firm property rights could sell the land to others. The attraction of cities and exodus from rural areas led an increasingly large number of people to live in urban or near-urban environments. Most recently, metaanalysis has been utilized. Delaware’s bottle-deposit system was repealed in 2010, effective February 2011. Suppose 100 units of a resource are contained in a product with a useful life of one year. Sources: Severin Borenstein, Jim Bushnell, and Frank Wolak. The privately supplied amount may not be zero, however. In addition, prices rose for the existing supplies of natural gas, a fuel that supplied almost one-third of the state’s electricity. The authors suggest that the higher willingness to pay could be explained by photographs in color simply providing more information or by “enhancing respondents’ ability to assimilate information.” In any case, the nature of the visual aide seems important for revealing preferences. What conclusions does this model yield? Those few instream rights that typically exist have a low priority relative to the more senior consumptive rights. On the other hand, hydroelectric dams can be a significant impediment to fish migrations and water quality. Analytically, this case is handled in the same manner as the previous case, except that the function describing the marginal cost of extraction is slightly more complicated.3 It increases with the cumulative amount extracted. Traditionally, again, the CBA test is the sum of compensating variations. Reflecting this new role of environmental economics in policy, a number of journals are now devoted either exclusively or mostly to the topics covered in this book. In upcoming chapters we will provide explicit answers to this important question. As a result, aluminum old scrap has become an increasingly significant component of total aluminum supplies. Why or why not? —Isaac Asimov, US science fiction novelist and scholar (1920–1992) Introduction In the last chapter we noted that economic analysis has both positive and normative dimensions. By charging customers a flat marginal cost for all levels of consumption suggests that the marginal cost of providing water is constant. Animal experiments are expensive, and the extrapolation from effects on animals to effects on humans is tenuous at best. According to depletable resource models, oil and natural gas would be used until the marginal cost of further use exceeded the marginal cost of substitute resources—either more abundant depletable resources such as coal, or renewable sources such as solar energy.1 In an efficient market path, the transition to these alternative sources would be smooth and harmonious. Limits to Privatization: How to Avoid too Much of a Good Thing (London, UK: Earthscan, 2005). Moreover, 130 million cell phones were retired in 2005. The regulation of natural gas began in 1938 with the passage of the Natural Gas Act. On the contrary, dynamic efficiency takes into account the development of new products, processes, and capabilities. “Contingent Valuation and Lost Passive Use: Damages from the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill.” ENVIRONMENTAL AND RESOURCE ECONOMICS, Vol. In 2006, 64 percent of recycled aluminum came from new (manufacturing) scrap, while only 36 percent was from old scrap (beverage cans and other discaded aluminum products). The main traditional device for controlling the “frustration of public purpose” problem is the doctrine known as eminent domain. It also allows a project to be 4 http://yosemite.epa.gov/ee/epa/eed.nsf/webpages/Guidelines.html/$file/Guidelines.pdf Annual rates can be found at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/. They also provide essential habitat for wildlife. MacDonnell, Lawrence J., and David J. Because future generations cannot speak for themselves, the current generation must speak for them. The total willingness to pay for some quantity of this good—say, three units—is the sum of the willingness to pay for each of the three units. One way to accomplish additional conservation is by means of a tax on fossil fuel consumption. Saudi Arabia’s reserves are larger than those of any other member. Market Imperfections households produce less trash, they were, in effect, subsidizing wealthier households. If the utility had to compensate fully for all the damages caused, then the answer would be yes. As long as the withdrawal gets put to a use in the same river basin, a portion of that water returns to the stream eventually in the form of return flow. Consider Figure 7.2. According to one benchmark, at the end of 2007, renewable energies were supplying more than 14 percent of the electricity used in Germany, exceeding the original 2010 goal of 12.5 percent. As established in Chapter 2, seller power over resources due to a lack of effective competition leads to an inefficient allocation. Both energy production and forestry have been subject to this source of inefficiency. This transformation is the source of energy in nuclear power. Each step is often difficult to accomplish. 86 Valuation site characteristics to site values to adjust the estimates from the original study site by entering the differentiating characteristics of the policy site in order to derive newer, more site-specific values (Johnston et al., 2006). This means that the nuclear fuel must be continuously cooled, or the heat levels will escalate beyond the design capacity of the reactor shield. HDPE plastics are primarily made into bottles and garden products, such as lawn edging and lawn chairs. Examines policies and measures that have been introduced in IEA countries to increase the cost-effective deployment of renewables and evaluates the results. Ideally, the goal is to choose the most economically desirable projects, given limited budgets. The search for more control over the circumstances that provide the data we use to understand human behavior has given rise to the use of another analytical approach— experimental economics, as discussed in Example 1.2. Two final, crucial caveats: one concerns deliberation costs, the other political economy. The market system is remarkably resilient in how it responds to challenges. TABLE 8.2 Current Electronics Recycling Laws in Effect and Year Passed 2003 California 2004 Maine 2005 Maryland 2006 Washington 2007 Connecticut, Minnesota, Oregon, Texas, North Carolina 2008 New Jersey, Oklahoma, Virginia, West Virginia, Missouri, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Illinois, and Michigan 2009 Indiana, Wisconsin 2010 Vermont, South Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania Source: www.electronicsrecycling.org and www.epa.gov. 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