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Does Uncertainty Affect the Divergence between WTP and WTA Measures?

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  • Murat Isik

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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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  • Murat Isik, 2004. "Does Uncertainty Affect the Divergence between WTP and WTA Measures?," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 4(1), pages 1-7.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-03d80011
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    Cited by:

    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.
    3. Erica Mina Okada, 2010. "Uncertainty, Risk Aversion, and WTA vs. WTP," Marketing Science, INFORMS, vol. 29(1), pages 75-84, 01-02.
    4. Erik Maier & Robert Wilken & Florian Dost, 2015. "The double benefits of consumer certainty: combining risk and range effects," Marketing Letters, Springer, vol. 26(4), pages 473-488, December.
    5. Athukorala, Wasantha, 2013. "Health Benefits and Industrial Air Pollution: A Comparison between People’s Willingness to Accept and the Opportunity Cost of Health Risk," Sri Lankan Journal of Agricultural Economics, Sri Lanka Agricultural Economics Association (SAEA), vol. 0, pages 1-17.
    6. Robert Reilly & Douglas Davis, 2015. "The effects of uncertainty on the WTA–WTP gap," Theory and Decision, Springer, vol. 78(2), pages 261-272, February.
    7. repec:eee:chieco:v:47:y:2018:i:c:p:234-244 is not listed on IDEAS

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    commitment cost;

    JEL classification:

    • D8 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General

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