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Use, option and externality values: are contingent valuation studies in health care mis-specified?

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  • Richard D. Smith

    (Health Economics Group, School of Medicine, Health Policy and Practice, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK)

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A general population sample of Australian respondents completed a contingent valuation (CV) survey that asked them to value six scenarios. These varied according to whether the scenario was seeking to elicit: (i) use value; (ii) externality value; (iii) option value; or (iv) a combination. Results indicate that use plus externality and|or option value was significantly greater than use value alone. As CV studies in health (care) overwhelmingly focus on use value alone - often implicitly through study design rather than explicitly - this raises the possibility of mis-specification in CV research in health (care). The implications for CV in health (care) are considered. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Richard D. Smith, 2007. "Use, option and externality values: are contingent valuation studies in health care mis-specified?," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 16(8), pages 861-869.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:hlthec:v:16:y:2007:i:8:p:861-869
    DOI: 10.1002/hec.1189
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    1. Joshua Graff Zivin & Matthew Neidell, 2010. "Medical technology adoption, uncertainty, and irreversibilities: is a bird in the hand really worth more than in the bush?," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 19(2), pages 142-153.
    2. Richard T. Carson, 2011. "Contingent Valuation," Books, Edward Elgar Publishing, number 2489.
    3. Marie-Odile Carrère & Nathalie Havet & Magali Morelle & Raphaël Remonnay, 2008. "Analyzing the determinants of willingness-to-pay values for testing the validity of the contingent valuation method. Application to home care compared to hospital care," Post-Print halshs-00303725, HAL.
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    5. Hurley, Jeremiah & Mentzakis, Emmanouil, 2013. "Health-related externalities: Evidence from a choice experiment," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 32(4), pages 671-681.

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