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Professor Anna Alberini

Research sketch

My research is primarily in the areas of environmental economics, economics of health and safety, non-market valuation, energy economics, and adaptation to climate change.  As a non-market valuation specialist, I have deployed a variety of revealed and stated preference methods to place a value on improvements in environmental quality, cultural heritage sites, individual- and public-program reductions in health risks associated with environmental exposures, adaptation to climate change, and various policy inducements targeted at various economic agents (real estate developers, households, climate change and public health experts, etc.).  These studies were conducted in many countries, including the US, Canada, Italy, the Czech Republic, the UK, Switzerland and Armenia.

My current valuation work focuses on i) valuing health risk reductions in adults and children, ii) comparing the Value of a Prevented Fatality (VPF) figures for different causes of death and context, and iii) comparing VPF-based with VOLY-based approaches.

In the area of energy, I am currently examining i) the responsiveness of residential energy demand to energy prices and ii) the energy-efficiency investments of households using data from the American Housing Survey and from the utilities.  In addition, I am currently analyzing the survey responses of Swiss homeowners facing hypothetical energy-efficiency home retrofits.

Finally, I am examining the adverse health effects of heat waves, whether excessive heat advisories and warnings are effective at reducing them, and what the benefits of such systems are.

Recent peer-reviewed publications

Turvani, Margherita, Stefania Tonin, and Anna Alberini (2010). Stakeholder Preference for Contaminated Land Cleanup and Redevelopment Programmes in Italy.  Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal, Special Issue: The Use of Contaminated Sites for Sustainable Development Strategies, 3(3): 315-323.

Hintermann, Beat, Anna Alberini, and Anil Markandya (2010). Estimating the Value of Safety with Labor Market Data: Are the Results Trustworthy?  Applied Economics, 42(9): 1085-1100.

Rosato, Paolo, Anna Alberini, Valentina Zanatta, and Margaretha Breil (2010). Redeveloping Derelict and Underused Historic City Areas: Evidence from a Survey of Real Estate Developers.  Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 53(2): 257-281.

Guignet, Dennis and Anna Alberini (2009). Voluntary Cleanups and Redevelopment Potential: Lessons from Baltimore, Maryland. forthcoming in CityScape.

Alberini, Anna and Alberto Longo (2009). Valuing the Cultural Monuments of Armenia: Bayesian Updating of Prior Beliefs in Contingent Valuation.  Environment and Planning A, 41(2): 441-460.

Alberini, Anna, Erik Lichtenberg, Dominic Mancini, and Gregmar Galinato (2008). Was It Something I Ate? Implementation of the FDA Seafood HACCP Program.  American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 90(1): 28-41.

Paolo Rosato, Anna Alberini, Dimitrios Reppas and Valentina Zanatta (2007). The Impact of Speed Limits on Recreational Boating in the Lagoon of Venice.  Aestimum, 51: 1-19.

Alberini, Anna, Stefania Tonin and Margherita Turvani (2007). Willingness to Pay for Contaminated Site Cleanup Policies: Evidence from a Conjoint Choice Study in Italy.  Revue d'Economie Politique, 117(5): Special issue in honor of Brigitte Desaigues, 737-739.

Alberini, Anna (2007). Determinants and Effects on Property Values of Participation in Voluntary Cleanup Programs: The Case of Colorado.  Contemporary Economic Policy, 25(3): 415-432.

Alberini, Anna and Aline Chiabai (2007). Discount Rates in Risk versus Money and Risk versus Risk Tradeoffs.  Risk Analysis, 27(2): 483-498.

Alberini, Anna, Stefania Tonin, Margherita Turvani, and Aline Chiabai (2007). Paying for Permanence: Public Preferences for Contaminated Site Cleanup.  Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, 34(2): 155-178.

Alberini, Anna and Shelby Frost (2007). Forcing Firms to Think of the Future: Economic Incentives and the Fate of Hazardous Waste.  Environmental and Resource Economics, 36(4): 451-474.

Alberini, Anna and Aline Chiabai (2007). Urban Environmental Health and Sensitive Populations: How Much are the Italians Willing to Pay to Reduce their Risks?  Regional Science and Urban Economics, 37(2): 239-258.

Alberini, Anna, Valentina Zanatta and Paolo Rosato (2007). Combining Actual and Contingent Behavior to Estimate the Value of Sports Fishing in the Lagoon of Venice.  Ecological Economics, 61(2-3): 530-541.

Bhattacharya, Soma, Anna Alberini and Maureen L. Cropper (2007). The Value of Mortality Risk Reductions in Delhi, India.  Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, 34(1): 21-47.

Alberini, Anna and Alberto Longo (2006). Combining The Travel Cost And Contingent Behavior Methods To Value Cultural Heritage Sites In A Transition Economy: Evidence From Armenia.  Journal of Cultural Economics, 30(4): 287-304.

Recent Discussion Papers

Alberini, Anna, Will Gans, and Daniel Velez-Lopez (2010). Residential Consumption of Gas and Electricity in the U.S.: The Role of Prices and Income.  CEPE working paper 77,  Centre for Energy Policy and Economics (CEPE), ETH Zurich, November 2010. .

Alberini, Anna and Milan Šcasný (2010). Does the Cause of Death Matter? The Effect of Dread, Controllability, Exposure and Latency on the VSL, FEEM working paper 2010.139, Milan, Italy, October.

Alberini, Anna and Massimo Filippini (2010). Response of Residential Electricity Demand to Price: The Effect of Measurement Error.  CEPE Working Paper 75,  Centre for Energy Policy and Economics, ETH Zurich, July.

Alberini, Anna, Milan Šcasný, Dennis Guignet, and Stefania Tonin (2010). The Benefits of Contaminated Site Cleanup Revisited: The Case of Naples and Caserta, Italy. FEEM working paper 2010.086, Milan, Italy, June.

Alberini, Anna, Christoph M. Rheinberger, Andrea Leiter, Charles A. McCormick, and Andrew Mizrahi (2010). What is the Value of Hazardous Weather Forecasts? Evidence from a Survey of Backcountry Skiers. FEEM working paper 2010.085, Milan, Italy, June.

Alberini, Anna, and Milan Šcasný (2010). Context and the VSL: Evidence from a Stated Preference Study in Italy and the Czech Republic. FEEM working paper 2010.066, Milan, Italy, April.

Cropper, Maureen L., Yi Jiang, Anna Alberini and Patrick Baur (2010). Getting Cars Off the Road: The Cost-Effectiveness of an Episodic Pollution Control Program. NBER working paper w15904, Cambridge, MA, April.

Recent Presentations

Residential Consumption of Gas and Electricity in the US: What are the Effects of Prices and Energy-Efficiency Investments?  Presented at the Centre for Energy Policy and Economics, ETH Zurich, October 2010.

Labels and Perceptions in Mortality Risk Reduction Valuations, presented at the 4th World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists, Montreal, June 2010.

The Benefits of Contaminated Site Cleanup Revisited: The Case of Naples and Caserta, Italy, presented at the 4th World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists, Montreal, June 2010.

The VSL for Children and Adults: Evidence from Conjoint Choice Experiments in Italy and the Czech Republic, presented the Center for Risk Communication Research, University of Maryland, College Park, February 2009, at the OECD VERHI-Children Workshop, Prague, September 2009, and the National Center for Environmental Economics, US Environmental Protection Agency, October 2009.

The VSL for Children and Adults: Evidence from Conjoint Choice Experiments in Milan, Italy, presented at the annual EAERE meeting, Amsterdam, June 2009.

Mama's Boy, Daddy's Girl? The Effect of Parent, Age, and Gender on Child VSL, presented at the annual EAERE meeting, Amsterdam, June 2009.

Climate Change and Human Health: Assessing the Effectiveness of Adaptation to Heat Waves, presented at the presented at the AERE Summer Workshop, Berkeley, CA, June 2008, at the Economics Department, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerland and at CEPE, ETH Zürich, Switzerland, October 2008, and at the EAERE Annual meeting, Amsterdam, June 2009.

Paying for Permanence: Public Preferences for Contaminated Site Cleanup, presented at the US Environmental Protection Agency, National Center for Environmental Economics, June 2006; FEEM, Venice, May 2006; Harvard Center for Risk Analysis, Harvard School of Public Health, February 2007; Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, May 2007; and CEPE-ETH, Zurich, June 2007.

Contact Information

The School of Biological Sciences
Gibson Institute for Land Food & Environment
Room 01.409
Medical Biology Centre
Lisburn Road
Belfast BT9 7BL
Tel:  028 9097 5787

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