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Obtaining Welfare Bounds in Discrete-Response Valuation Studies: A Non-Parametric Approach

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  • Mattias Boman
  • Göran Bostedt
  • Bengt Kriström

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Welfare change estimates obtained from discrete-response contingent valuation experiments normally assume a particular distribution of willingness-to-pay (W TP).U sing conventional microeconomic theory, we derive upper and lower bounds on such estimates. These bounds are interpreted statistically in terms of non-parametric estimators of mean WTP and its variance. Two contingent valuation surveys illustrate the proposed bounds, and the performances of the variance estimators are scrutinized with a Monte Carlo simulation. All calculations can be made by hand, simplifying communication among those involved in interpreting result from contingent valuation studies using discrete-response data.

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Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Land Economics.

Volume (Year): 75 (1999)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 284-294

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Handle: RePEc:uwp:landec:v:75:y:1999:i:2:p:284-294

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