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Research article2009Peer reviewed

Willingness to pay for environmental improvements in hydropower regulated rivers

Kataria, Mitesh


This paper uses a choice experiment to estimate how Swedish households value different environmental improvements for the hydropower regulated rivers. We obtained clear evidence that Swedish households have preferences for environmental improvement in hydropower regulated waters, at least when the cost is relatively low. Remedial measures that improve the conditions for all of the included environmental attributes i.e. fish, benthic invertebrates, river-margin vegetation and birds were found to have a significant welfare increasing impact. The results can be of value for the implementation of the Water Framework Directives in Sweden, which aims to reform the use of all surface water and ground water in the member states. (C) 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Choice experiments; Water quality; Water framework directive; Hydropower

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Energy Economics
2009, Volume: 31, number: 1, pages: 69-76

    Sustainable Development Goals

    SDG6 Clean water and sanitation
    SDG14 Life below water

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