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Joint models for noise annoyance and willingness to pay for road noise reduction

  • Fosgerau, Mogens
  • Bjørner, Thomas Bue

Recent contingent valuation (CV) studies of the willingness to pay (WTP) for road noise reduction have used stated annoyance as an independent variable. We argue that this may be inappropriate due to potential endogeneity bias. Instead, an alternative model is proposed that treats both WTP and annoyance as endogenous variables in a simultaneous equation model as a combination of a linear regression with an ordered probit with correlated error terms and possibly common parameters. Thus, information on stated annoyance is utilised to estimate WTP with increased efficiency. Application of the model to a dataset from Copenhagen indicates a potential for improving the precision of the estimate of WTP for noise reduction with CV data.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Transportation Research Part B: Methodological.

Volume (Year): 40 (2006)
Issue (Month): 2 (February)
Pages: 164-178

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