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Externalities from extraction of aggregates: regulation by tax or land-use controls

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


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Quarries create externalities such as noise, dust, and visual disamenity in the production of minerals. Externalities can be regulated by taxes, or land-use controls specifying externality levels not to be exceeded. This article shows how stated preference methods can be used to estimate the value to local residents of avoiding different externality levels from a quarry. From this a tax value per tonne is derived, and this tax level compared to that proposed by the UK Government. The efficacy of land-use controls is investigated, and compared in efficiency and equity terms with tax based regulation.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Willis KG, Garrod GD

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Resources Policy

Year: 1999

Volume: 25

Issue: 2

Pages: 77-86

Print publication date: 01/06/1999

ISSN (print): 0301-4207

ISSN (electronic): 1873-7641

Publisher: Pergamon


DOI: 10.1016/S0301-4207(99)00012-4


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