A Multiple Criteria Approach to the Estimation of Environmental Quality

  • Euro Beinat
  • Piet Rietveld


This paper shows the role of multicriteria value functions in the context of environmental decision making. It focuses on the structuring of expert judgement and on the information necessary to overcome the problems related to the customary evaluation based on environmental standards. These standards, although widely used, do not provide sufficient support for the decision process and do not allow for compromises between multiple objectives. The shortcomings of the standards are highlighted, the necessary information to improve decision making is discussed and the use of value function techniques is illustrated.


Zebra Mussel Expert Judgement Environmental Standard Health Impact Assessment Indirect Assessment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Euro Beinat
    • 1
  • Piet Rietveld
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Environmental StudiesFree UniversityAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Faculty of EconomicsFree UniversityAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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