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Disamenity externalities from utility networks

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Ken Willis, Professor Guy Garrod


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Public utility service structure networks create visual disamenity externalities. A contingent ranking approach is used to value the welfare loss to individuals from utility service structures. Canals are used as a case example; and 1000 visitors were interviewed at a series of canal sites across England. Willingness-to-pay to avoid encountering pylons, other cable, and pipeline crossings amounted to £0.09, £0.10 and £0.05, respectively, for a 1% reduction in each of these utility service crossings over canals. Aggregating these values over the 3 million households that visit canals each year suggests a substantial welfare loss that forms the basis of a compensation claim by British Waterways against utility companies. © 1997 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Willis KG, Garrod GD

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Utilities Policy

Year: 1997

Volume: 6

Issue: 1

Pages: 35-41

Print publication date: 01/03/1997

ISSN (print): 0957-1787

ISSN (electronic): 1878-4356

Publisher: Pergamon


DOI: 10.1016/S0957-1787(96)00013-6


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