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Controlling for Biases in Primary Valuation Studies: A Meta-analysis of International Coral Reef Values

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  • Sabah Abdullah

    (Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, Italy, University of Bath, Department of Economics, United Kingdom)

  • Randall S. Rosenberger

    (Oregon State University, College of Forestry, USA)

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    This paper updates the existing meta-analysis in coral reef recreation taking into account the previous work of Brander et al. (2007) but considering some stated preference biases and/or effects. The present meta-analysis uses twice the number of observations as the previous one and sheds more light in understanding the influence of these common biases and/or effects found in valuations. The results show the common biases/effects in varied methodology types significantly influence the willingness to pay (WTP) estimates and in turn this has implications in welfare and benefit transfer at local, regional and global levels.

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    Paper provided by Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei in its series Working Papers with number 2012.72.

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    Keywords: Meta-analysis; Coral Ecosystem; Valuation; Willingness to Pay; Biases;

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