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Spatial Effects in Willingness to Pay for Avoiding Nuclear Risks

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  • Yves Schneider
  • Peter Zweifel

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How to deal with the risks associated with nuclear energy is a major policy issue. This paper investigates the effect of an individual's distance from nuclear power plants on its willingness to pay for increased insurance coverage against nuclear accidents (MWPC) as well as on willingness to pay for solving the nuclear waste disposal problem (MWPW). Using data from a discrete choice experiment conducted in Switzerland, we find evidence that MWPC values decrease with distance from plant once attitudes influencing choice of residential location are controlled for. However, distance from plant has no effect on MWPW values.

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  • Yves Schneider & Peter Zweifel, 2013. "Spatial Effects in Willingness to Pay for Avoiding Nuclear Risks," Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics (SJES), Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics (SSES), vol. 149(III), pages 357-379, September.
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    1. Welsch, Heinz & Biermann, Philipp, 2016. "Measuring nuclear power plant externalities using life satisfaction data: A spatial analysis for Switzerland," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 126(C), pages 98-111.
    2. Welsch, Heinz, 2016. "Electricity Externalities, Siting, and the Energy Mix: A Survey," International Review of Environmental and Resource Economics, now publishers, vol. 10(1), pages 57-94, November.

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    Keywords

    discrete choice experiment; liability insurance; nuclear accident; willingness to pay;

    JEL classification:

    • R3 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location
    • L94 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Electric Utilities
    • C9 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments

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