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Imprecise Preferences and Survey Design in Contingent Valuation


  • Dubourg, W R
  • Jones-Lee, M W
  • Loomes, Graham


During recent years, the contingent valuation (CV) method has been widely used to value non-marketed goods and services. The authors present the results of a CV study of the value of road safety. They find that stated preferences for road safety exhibit considerable imprecision, appear subject to various systemic biases, and are insensitive to variations in the quantity and quality of the safety improvements concerned. One broad implication of these findings may be that, for an important class of goods (of which safety is one example), standard assumptions about the structure of peoples preferences may be much too strong. A more specific implication, concerning the design and conduct of CV surveys, is that the NOAA Panel's widely cited blueprint for 'good CV practice' may rely far too heavily on assumptions about the precision and sensitivity of people's preferences. Copyright 1997 by The London School of Economics and Political Science

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  • Dubourg, W R & Jones-Lee, M W & Loomes, Graham, 1997. "Imprecise Preferences and Survey Design in Contingent Valuation," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 64(256), pages 681-702, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:econom:v:64:y:1997:i:256:p:681-702

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