Income effects on Willingess-to-Pay measures in the Water Framework Directive

PhD Thesis
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"Good Ecological Status" for all water bodies, surface and coastal waters by 2015. The implementation and financing of the directive was placed upon each member state. The purpose of this thesis is to look from a microeconomics perspective the income effects on member states, the nature of the environmental good named as "water quality" through the nate of the elasticities of Willingness to Pay and finally, if designing and implementing such a mandate is beneficial with respect to the vast economic and morphological disparities the E.U. possesses.