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Environmental Valuation: Some Problems of Wrong Questions and Misleading Answers

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  • Jack L. Knetsch

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Contingent valuation of people's willingness to pay has rapidly become the method of choice to value all manner of environmental damages. The correct measure is, however, the sum people require to compensate them for such losses, an amount which will normally be far larger than their willingness to pay. And on present evidence, responses to contingent valuation questions are not likely to represent any measure of economic values. The results of these valuation practices will, therefore, bias environmental policies and distort incentives.

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  • Jack L. Knetsch, 1994. "Environmental Valuation: Some Problems of Wrong Questions and Misleading Answers," Environmental Values, White Horse Press, vol. 3(4), pages 351-368, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:env:journl:ev3:ev319
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    2. Adriana Zapata Giraldo, 2016. "Aspectos Contemporáneos De La Negociación Nacional E Internacional," Books, Universidad Externado de Colombia, Facultad de Derecho, number 853.

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    Keywords

    Contingent valuation; endowment effect; valuation;

    JEL classification:

    • Q51 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Valuation of Environmental Effects

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