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The Importance Of Functional Form In The Estimation Of Welfare

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  • Kling, Catherine L.

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Researchers have recognized the central role that the choice of functional form has on estimated of consumer surplus. The purpose of this paper is to quantify the magnitude of errors which might arise from the use of incorrect functional forms. It describes a simulation experiment where estimated consumer surplus, based on simulated data sets, is compared with consumer surplus computed directly from the simulate data. The errors resulting from the use of mismatching functional forms range from approximately 4% to 107%.

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Article provided by Western Agricultural Economics Association in its journal Western Journal of Agricultural Economics.

Volume (Year): 14 (1989)
Issue (Month): 01 (July)
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Handle: RePEc:ags:wjagec:32452

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Keywords: Institutional and Behavioral Economics; Research Methods/ Statistical Methods;

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  1. Morey, Edward R, 1984. "The Choice of Ski Areas: Estimation of a Generalized CES Preference Ordering with Characteristics," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 66(4), pages 584-90, November.
  2. Kling, Catherine L., 1988. "Comparing Welfare Estimates of Environmental Quality Changes from Recreation Demand Models," Staff General Research Papers 1584, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
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  1. Catalina M. Torres Figuerola & Nick Hanley & Sergio Colombo, 2011. "Incorrectly accounting for taste heterogeneity in choice experiments: Does it really matter for welfare measurement?," CRE Working Papers (Documents de treball del CRE) 2011/1, Centre de Recerca Econòmica (UIB ·"Sa Nostra").
  2. John Crooker & Catherine L. Kling, 1998. "Nonparametric Bounds on Welfare Measures: A New Tool for Nonmarket Valuation," Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) Publications 99-wp208, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) at Iowa State University.
  3. John Crooker & Joseph Herriges, 2004. "Parametric and Semi-Nonparametric Estimation of Willingness-to-Pay in the Dichotomous Choice Contingent Valuation Framework," Environmental & Resource Economics, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 27(4), pages 451-480, April.
  4. Hanley, Nicholas & Riera, Antoni & Torres, Cati, 2009. "The implications of incorrect utility function specification for welfare measurement in choice experiments," Stirling Economics Discussion Papers 2009-07, University of Stirling, Division of Economics.
  5. C. Woo & J. Zarnikau & E. Kollman, 2012. "Exact welfare measurement for double-log demand with partial adjustment," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 42(1), pages 171-180, February.
  6. Hanley, Nicholas & Riera, Antoni & Torres, Cati, 2010. "How wrong can you be? Implications of incorrect utility function specification for welfare measurement in choice experiments," Stirling Economics Discussion Papers 2010-12, University of Stirling, Division of Economics.
  7. Crooker, John R., 2007. "Nonparametric Bounds on Welfare with Measurement Error in Prices: Techniques for Non-Market Resource Valuation," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, vol. 36(2), October.
  8. Chotikapanich, Duangkamon & Griffiths, William E., 1998. "Carnarvon Gorge: a comment on the sensitivity of consumer surplus estimation," Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 42(3), September.

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