Award Date

1-1-2000

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Economics

First Committee Member

Mary C. Riddel

Number of Pages

67

Abstract

Yucca Mountain is the site of a potential high-level nuclear waste repository in Nevada. The risks to health and safety of transporting and storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain may induce the residents of Nevada to move. When offered compensation, residents will weigh potential negative effects to their health from transporting and storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain against the amount of money offered. The presence of a threshold value between the bid amount offered and the level of risk perception indicates that at some level of risk, people cannot be induced to stay by compensation. My models indicate that with no compensation, 43% and 28% of respondents will move from the transportation and storage risk of the nuclear waste, respectively. However, compensation of {dollar}5,000 annually per household will offset additional risks to health and safety from transporting and storing the nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain for 92% of individuals surveyed. However, additional amounts of compensation over {dollar}5,000 will not increase the number of people who stay.

Keywords

Decision; Effects; Environmental; Housing; Locations; Mountains; Nevada; Repository; Risk; Under; Waste; Yucca

Controlled Subject

Agriculture--Economic aspects; Environmental sciences

File Format

pdf

File Size

1546.24 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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Identifier

https://doi.org/10.25669/opie-pxel


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