FEEM working papers "Note di lavoro" series
2009 .060

The Value of Reducing Cancer Risks at Contaminated Sites: Are More Heavily Exposed People Willing to Pay More?

Authors: Anna Alberini, Stefania Tonin, Margherita Turvani
Series: Climate Change and Sustainable Development
Editor: Carlo Carraro
Type: Journal
Keywords: Value of a Statistical Case of Cancer,Conjoint Choice Experiments,Contaminated Sites,Abandoned Sites,Reuse,Remediation
JEL n.: J17,I18,K32,Q51,Q53
JEL: Risk Analysis
Pages: Vol. 32, Issue 7, pp 1157–1182
Date: 07/2012


We use conjoint choice questions to investigate people’s tastes for cancer risk reductions and income in the context of public programs that would provide for remediation at abandoned industrial contaminated sites. Our survey was self-administered using the computer by persons living in the vicinity of an important contaminated site on the Italian National Priority List. The value of a prevented case of cancer is €2.6 million, but this figure does vary with income, perceived exposure to contaminants, and opinions about priorities that should be pursued by cleanup programs.

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