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Carafe ou bouteille ?. Le rôle de la qualité de l'environnement dans la décision du consommateur

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  • Christophe Bontemps
  • Céline Nauges

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The authors use an econometric study to measure the impact of environmental, socio-economic, and cultural factors onconsumers’ decisions to drink tap water or not. Our approach features two novel aspects : (1) the use ofhousehold-consumption data combined with information on environmental quality – particularly the quality of raw water– in the households’ localities of residence ; (2) the use of water-potabilization costs as an indicator of the “poor quality” ofraw water. Estimating a Probit model on a sample of 4,623 households, we show that the “poor quality” of raw water is asubstantial determinant of the decision to drink or avoid tap water. Our study also confirms the significant role ofhousehold characteristics and regional effects. Lastly, our results suggest no decisive impact of the form of water-servicemanagement (public/private) on consumer choice.

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  • Christophe Bontemps & Céline Nauges, 2009. "Carafe ou bouteille ?. Le rôle de la qualité de l'environnement dans la décision du consommateur," Economie & Prévision, La Documentation Française, vol. 0(2), pages 61-79.
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    1. Miguel García-Rubio & Cecilia Tortajada & Francisco González-Gómez, 2016. "Privatising Water Utilities and User Perception of Tap Water Quality: Evidence from Spanish Urban Water Services," Water Resources Management: An International Journal, Published for the European Water Resources Association (EWRA), Springer;European Water Resources Association (EWRA), vol. 30(1), pages 315-329, January.
    2. Bontemps, Christophe & Racine, Jeffrey S. & Simioni, Michel, 2009. "Nonparametric vs parametric binary choice models: An empirical investigation," 2009 Annual Meeting, July 26-28, 2009, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 49286, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
    3. Bruno Lanz, 2015. "Avertive expenditures, endogenous quality perception, and the demand for public goods: An instrumental variable approach," CIES Research Paper series 36-2015, Centre for International Environmental Studies, The Graduate Institute.
    4. Céline Nauges, 2014. "Greening Household Behaviour and Water," OECD Environment Working Papers 73, OECD Publishing.
    5. Olivier Beaumais & Anne Briand & Katrin Millock & Céline Nauges, 2010. "What are Households Willing to Pay for Better Tap Water Quality? A Cross-Country Valuation Study," Documents de travail du Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne 10051, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1), Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne.
    6. Lanz, Bruno & Provins, Allan, 2017. "Using averting expenditures to estimate the demand for public goods: Combining objective and perceived quality," Resource and Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 47(C), pages 20-35.
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    8. Miguel A. García-Rubio & Cecilia Tortajada & Francisco González-Gómez, 2016. "Privatising Water Utilities and User Perception of Tap Water Quality: Evidence from Spanish Urban Water Services," Water Resources Management: An International Journal, Published for the European Water Resources Association (EWRA), Springer;European Water Resources Association (EWRA), vol. 30(1), pages 315-329, January.

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