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Lipton, D.W., K. Wellman, I. Sheifer, and R. Weiher. 1995. Economic valuation of natural resources: A handbook for coastal resource policymakers. NOAA Coastal Ocean Program Decision Analysis Series 5. Silver Spring, MD. 131 pp.

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The major focus of this handbook is on introducing and illustrating concepts of environmental valuation, among them Travel Cost models and Contingent Valuation. These concepts, combined with advances in natural sciences that allow us to better understand how changes in the natural environment influence human behavior, aim to address some of the more serious shortcomings in the application of economic analysis to natural resource and environmental management and policy analysis. Because the handbook is intended for non-economists, it addresses basic concepts of economic value such as willingness-to-pay and other tools often used in decision making such as cost-effectiveness analysis, economic impact analysis, and sustainable development. A number of regionally oriented case studies are included to illustrate the practical application of these concepts and techniques.

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