Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

CERE Working Papers,
CERE - the Center for Environmental and Resource Economics

No 2012:18: Estimating Distributional Effects of Environmental Policy in Swedish Coastal Environments – A Walk along different Socio-economic Dimensions

Cecilia Håkansson (), Katarina Östberg () and Göran Bostedt ()
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Cecilia Håkansson: Division for Environmental Strategies Research, Postal: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, , Sweden
Katarina Östberg: CERE, Centre for Environmental and Resource Economics, Postal: Dept. of Forest Economics, , Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, , Sweden
Göran Bostedt: CERE, Centre for Environmental and Resource Economics, Postal: Dept. of Forest Economics, , Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, , Sweden, and, Dept. of Economics, , University of Umeå, , Sweden

Abstract: This paper studies distributional effects of environmental policies in Swedish coastal environments, in monetary and environmental quality terms, for different socio-economic groups. The study area is widely used for different recreational activities and has a mix of different visitors. Data comes from a choice experiment study. Some results confirm limited existing knowledge from previous research, although the ethnical dimension to a certain extent contradicts conventional perceptions. Based on previous research from other countries, the hypothesis would be that native Swedes would benefit more from environmental improvements than respondents with a non-Swedish background. Interestingly results differ, depending on the environmental amenity. For example, respondents with a non-Swedish origin benefit more, both in monetary and environmental quality terms, from reduced noise and littering compared to respondents with a Swedish origin. Also, independent of ethnical background, people use the area in a similar manner.

Keywords: Distributional effects in monetary and environmental quality terms; Non-market valuation; Marine policy; Ethnicity

JEL-codes: Q51; Q52; Q53

41 pages, December 7, 2012

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