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Social Cost of Water Pollution Workshop

2022 Agenda

50th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act:
The Role of Environmental Economics in Improving Regulatory Analysis

Hall of the States – Washington, D.C.
September 7-9, 2022
(Printable Agenda )

September 7, 2022
Room 285, Hall of the States

5:30-8:00 p.m.

Gathering Reception – heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages

September 8, 2022
Rooms 383-385, Hall of the States

8:00-9:00 a.m.


9:00-9:30 a.m.

Welcome and Motivation for Symposium (Cathy Kling)

Economists at the US EPA have led and enabled the development of nonmarket valuation methods to support regulatory and policy decisions since the early days of the Clean Water Act. The goal of this daylong workshop is to highlight EPA’s historical and continuing leadership role in the evolution of stated preference (SP) methods from their nascent beginnings to their currently mature option in the nonmarket valuation (NMV) toolkit. Primary focus will be on current and evolving regulatory needs and the role that SP can play in informing actions related to environmental justice, emerging water quality concerns, and legacy water pollution problems for which adequate valuation estimates still do not exist.

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Morning Speakers
(Moderator, Cathy Kling)

10:30-10:45 a.m.


10:45-11:45 a.m.

Panel: Historical Perspective, Challenges, and Opportunities for the Future
(Moderator: Daniel Phaneuf)

  • Richard Carson: Regulatory Analysis; From E.O. 12291 to Today
  • Daniel Phaneuf:  From Exxon to BP: Status and Developments in Stated Preference Validity over Three Decades
  • Chris Moore: Challenges in Implementation and Potential Ways Forward

Discussion with Panel and Audience

Noon-1:00 p.m.

(Moderator: Tihitina Andarge)

  • Sally Katzen: A Legal and Regulatory Perspective on the Role of Nonmarket Valuation and Stated Preference Approaches in Benefit Cost Analysis and Regulatory Review
1:00-1:10 p.m.


1:10-2:25 p.m.

Highlights of New Research on the Value of Water Quality Improvements
(Moderator: David Keiser)

2:25-2:35 p.m.


2:35-3:50 p.m.

(Moderator: Mainul Hoque)

3:50-4:00 p.m.


4:00-5:00 p.m.

Invited Perspectives and Discussion
(Moderator: Cathy Kling)

5:15 p.m.


September 9, 2022
Rooms 383-385, Hall of the States

8:00-9:00 a.m.


9:00-11:30 a.m.

Papers at the Forefront of IAMs and Water Quality and Audience Discussion
(Moderator: Daniel Phaneuf)

Each presentation will be allocated 15 minutes. After completion of the 3rd presentation, there will be a short break for 15 minutes. The last 30 minutes will be allocated for Q&A.

11:30 a.m. – Noon

Egg Timer Presentations (5 minutes per paper)
(Moderator: David Keiser)

Noon-1:00 p.m.

(Moderator: Joel Corona)

1:00-1:30 p.m.


1:30-3:35 p.m.

2 Split/Parallel Sessions on Economics of Water Quality

Each paper will be allocated 25 minutes total, 15-20 minutes for presentation followed by 5-10 minutes for questions and discussion.

Session 1: Rooms 383-385, Hall of the States
(Moderator: Chris Moore)

Session 2: Room 337, Hall of the States
(Moderator: Tihitina Andarge)

3:35-4:00 p.m.

Rooms 383-385, Hall of the States


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