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Does Uncertainty Affect the Divergence between WTP and WTA Measures?

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  • Murat Isik

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    (University of Idaho)

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    Many empirical studies have demonstrated large discrepancies between willingness to accept (WTA) and willingness to pay (WTP) measures. This paper examines the extent to which uncertainty about the environmental quality improvement can lead to a divergence between WTP and WTA measures. Indirect utility function parameters and uncertainty about the environmental quality change affect the extent to which WTP and WTA measures can differ. These results have implications for design and implementation of contingent valuation surveys.

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    Article provided by AccessEcon in its journal Economics Bulletin.

    Volume (Year): 4 (2004)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 1-7

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    Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-03d80011

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    1. Peter A. Diamond & Jerry A. Hausman, 1994. "Contingent Valuation: Is Some Number Better than No Number?," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 8(4), pages 45-64, Fall.
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    1. Julie A. Caswell & Siny Joseph, 2007. "Consumer Demand for Quality: Major Determinant for Agricultural and Food Trade in the Future?," Working Papers 2007-4, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Resource Economics.
    2. Rodolfo M. Nayga, Jr. & Wipon Aiew & Richard Woodward, 2005. "Experiments on the Divergence between Willingness to Pay and Willingness to Accept: The Issue Revisited," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 17(4), pages 1-5.

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