Accession Number : ADA320745

Title :   Economic Valuation of Air Force Environmental Resources: A Contingent Valuation Case Study.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Haynie, Timothy P.

PDF Url : ADA320745

Report Date : DEC 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 89

Abstract : The Air Force spends $1 billion each year to preserve, maintain, and restore environmental resources under its control (Budget of the United States Government, 1994). Assessing the benefit of this spending is a central issue in federal environmental management. As federal environmental management moves from a "clean it up at any cost" mentality to one which carefully considers the costs and benefits of spending, a fundamental question arises: What value of environmental resources does our environmental spending provide? As in any rational economic exchange benefits must exceed costs; the value of an environmental resource which benefits from public spending must exceed the amount spent. This thesis explores a method to measure the value of environmental resources more completely and applies the method to measure the value of cleaning up two dormant landfills affecting a military housing area.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY FACILITIES, *UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, *ECONOMICS, *DAMAGE ASSESSMENT, *ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, *AIR FORCE BUDGETS, MEASUREMENT, AIR FORCE, DECISION MAKING, THESES, COSTS, ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT, CASE STUDIES, RESOURCES, BENEFITS, EXCHANGE, FEDERAL BUDGETS, HOUSING(DWELLINGS).

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Economics and Cost Analysis
      Environmental Health and Safety

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE