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Social Desirability Bias in Contingent Valuation Surveys Administered Through In-Person Interviews

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  • Christopher G. Leggett
  • Naomi S. Kleckner
  • Kevin J. Boyle
  • John W. Dufield
  • Robert Cameron Mitchell

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This paper presents empirical evidence of mode effects in contingent valuation surveys. We conducted an on-site, split-sample contingent valuation survey of visitors to Fort Sumter National Monument, South Carolina. All respondents were told that the survey was being conducted on behalf of the National Park Service. We find that WTP for a fort visit is approximately 23– 29% higher when the survey is administered through face-to-face interviews with a ballot box rather than being self-administered by the respondent.

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  • Christopher G. Leggett & Naomi S. Kleckner & Kevin J. Boyle & John W. Dufield & Robert Cameron Mitchell, 2003. "Social Desirability Bias in Contingent Valuation Surveys Administered Through In-Person Interviews," Land Economics, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 79(4), pages 561-575.
  • Handle: RePEc:uwp:landec:v:79:y:2003:i:4:p:561-575
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    JEL classification:

    • Q26 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Recreational Aspects of Natural Resources
    • H40 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - General

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