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AVOIDANCE COSTS

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French Equivalent: Côuts de protection

Definition:
Avoidance costs are actual or imputed costs for preventing environmental deterioration by alternative production and consumption processes, or by the reduction of or abstention from economic activities.

Context:
Expenditure in order to reduce emissions and more generally pressure on the environment. These costs fall into two categories: structural adjustment costs and abatement costs.

See structural adjustment costs and abatement costs.

United Nations, European Commission, International Monetary Fund, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, World Bank , 2005, Handbook of National Accounting: Integrated Environmental and Economic Accounting 2003, Studies in Methods, Series F, No.61, Rev.1, Glossary, United Nations, New York, para. 9.35.

Source Publication:
Glossary of Environment Statistics, Studies in Methods, Series F, No. 67, United Nations, New York, 1997.

Cross References:
Abatement cost
Structural adjustment costs

Statistical Theme: Environmental statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Friday, December 02, 2005