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Comparative Environmental Economic Assessment

Edited by Raymond J.G.M. Florax, Peter Nijkamp and Kenneth G. Willis

Over the last decade, economists have increasingly recognized the role of meta-analysis and value transfer in synthesizing knowledge and efficiently exploiting the existing pool of knowledge. Comparative Environmental Economic Assessment explores the potential significance of using these techniques, particularly in environmental economics. Both meta-analysis and value transfer constitute major research tools which efficiently use knowledge previously acquired from other studies. The book focuses on the potential role and usefulness of these tools in environmental economic research, and goes on to address their validity, relevance and applicability
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Chapter 14: Environmental quality in European space: a methodology for research synthesis

Peter Nijkamp, Marco Geremia and Jeroen C.J.M. van den Bergh


Peter Nijkamp, Marco Geremia, Jeroen C.J.M. van den Bergh, Erik Verhoef* 1 INTRODUCTION Environmental quality has become a source of serious policy concern in Europe. It has also acted as a source of inspiration for new policy-driven and curiosity-driven research in many European countries (see also van den Bergh, 1996). This chapter presents the results of a project that was done for the European Science Foundation (ESF), in the context of the TERM programme (‘Tackling Environmental and Resource Management’). The project was motivated by the fact that environmental issues are increasingly recognized as major research themes all over Europe. Research councils and science foundations in various European countries have laid the foundations for innovative environmental research. The behavioural and policy aspects, however, are still overshadowed by natural science approaches and modelling experiments in which policy strategies and socioeconomic feasibility are hardly incorporated. In view of both the geographical variation and the regional differences and policy heterogeneity in Europe, there is a need – and a scientific challenge – to address the issue of environmental quality in European space from a cohesive and comparative Europe-wide * This chapter is based on the introductory and concluding sections of a special issue of the International Journal of Environment and Pollution, dedicated to the ESF-TERM project ‘Environmental Quality in European Space’ (Nijkamp et al., 1999). Neither this chapter, nor the project on which it is based, would have been possible without the cooperation of the following participants in the research teams: D. Banister; K. Bithas;...

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