Issues and Challenges in Measuring Environmental Expenditures by U.S. Manufacturing: The Redevelopment of the Pace Survey

32 Pages Posted: 18 Sep 2007

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Randy A. Becker

U.S. Census Bureau - Center for Economic Studies

Ronald J. Shadbegian

University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Date Written: July 2007

Abstract

The Pollution Abatement Costs and Expenditures (PACE) survey is the most comprehensive source of information on U.S. manufacturing's capital expenditures and operating costs associated with pollution abatement. In 2003, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began a significant initiative to redevelop the survey, guided by the advice of a multi-disciplinary work group consisting of economists, engineers, survey design experts, and experienced data users, in addition to incorporating feedback from key manufacturing industries. This paper describes some of these redevelopment efforts. Issues discussed include the approach to developing the new survey instrument, methods used to evaluate (and improve) its performance, innovations in sampling, and the special development and role of outside expertise. The completely redesigned PACE survey was first administered in early 2006.

Keywords: Survey design, survey evaluation, sampling, environmental costs, manufacturing

Suggested Citation

Becker, Randy A. and Shadbegian, Ronald J., Issues and Challenges in Measuring Environmental Expenditures by U.S. Manufacturing: The Redevelopment of the Pace Survey (July 2007). US Census Bureau Center for Economic Studies Paper No. CES-WP-07-20, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1015404 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1015404

Randy A. Becker (Contact Author)

U.S. Census Bureau - Center for Economic Studies ( email )

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Ronald J. Shadbegian

University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth ( email )

North Dartmouth, MA 02747
United States

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ( email )

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1200 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20460
United States

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