Issues and Challenges in Measuring Environmental Expenditures by U.S. Manufacturing: The Redevelopment of the Pace Survey
32 Pages Posted: 18 Sep 2007
Date Written: July 2007
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
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