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An assessment of the empirical magnitude of option values for environment goods

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This paper provides an empirical assessment of the magnitude of option values relative to expected surplus using a model presented by Larson and Flacco (1992). Option values and option prices are computed for both simulated data sets and actual estimates of recreation demands. Results indicate that option values engendered by price and income uncertainty are generally quite a small percent of expected surplus. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 1993

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  • Catherine Kling, 1993. "An assessment of the empirical magnitude of option values for environment goods," Environmental & Resource Economics, Springer;European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 3(5), pages 471-485, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:enreec:v:3:y:1993:i:5:p:471-485 DOI: 10.1007/BF00310249
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