The Distribution of Environmental Quality: Some Canadian Evidence

  • Brian A. Emmett
  • Linda E. Perron
  • Paolo F. Ricci
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 3)


This paper represents an attempt to define the natural environment in a way which is operational in economic terms and then examine the influence the use of the natural environment has on socio-economic disparities within society. Its purpose is twofold. First it contains a brief outline of the approach taken and the evidence assembled at Environment Canada on the distribution of environmental costs and benefits among individuals and households in society, some of which have previously been reported elsewhere.(12) Second, and in more general terms, it discusses the importance of distributional considerations in understanding the behavioural nature of environmental problems, and how such considerations are a concern in implementing effective environmental management programs.


Environmental Quality Income Group Environmental Service Environmental Resource Income Elasticity 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian A. Emmett
    • 1
  • Linda E. Perron
    • 1
  • Paolo F. Ricci
    • 1
  1. 1.Office of the Science AdvisorEnvironment CanadaOttawaCanada

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