This paper shows how anticipated impacts of environmental projects and policies can be valued in terms of money as a common denominator, and costs and benefits assigned in an acceptable distribution. To that effect, a new mechanism design of situational contracting is introduced that generates information on willingness and ability to pay or to cooperate, in a realization-focused capability approach to fairness. The situational contract reveals preferences and merit considerations of the relevant stakeholders and deals with market failure in a structured combination of political guidance, expert opinions and co-production.

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Ecological Economics
Department of Public Administration

Wolfson, D. (2014). Who gets what in environmental policy?. Ecological Economics, 102, 8–14. doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2014.03.003