https://dx.doi.org/Despite the generally recognized need for facilities such as power plants, landfills, prisons, and medical laboratories, finding host sites has become extremely difficult. This study uses the expected utility (EU) model to explain individuals’ preferences in the hypothetical case of siting a municipal solid waste composting facility. The three principal factors which EU theory prescribes would affect the decision process—benefits of the proposed facility, losses from the facility, and the (perceived) probability of various scenarios occurring—embodied by the variables in a multinomial logit model explain a substantial amount of the variation in siting decisions.">
 

Title

Economic insights into the siting problem: An application of the expected utility model

Abstract

Despite the generally recognized need for facilities such as power plants, landfills, prisons, and medical laboratories, finding host sites has become extremely difficult. This study uses the expected utility (EU) model to explain individuals’ preferences in the hypothetical case of siting a municipal solid waste composting facility. The three principal factors which EU theory prescribes would affect the decision process—benefits of the proposed facility, losses from the facility, and the (perceived) probability of various scenarios occurring—embodied by the variables in a multinomial logit model explain a substantial amount of the variation in siting decisions.

Publication Date

9-15-1999

Journal Title

Agricultural and Resource Economics Review

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

Document Type

Article

Rights

© 1999 Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association

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