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Political Affiliation And Willingness ToPay For Publicly Versus Privately Provided Environmental Goods

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  • Ian J. Bateman

    () (Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE) School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia)

  • Diane P. Dupont

    () (Department of Economics, Brock University)

Abstract

Previous literature has found that politically conservative individuals express a lower willingness to pay (WTP) for environmental goods than left-wing supporters. Using data from three surveys valuing water we investigate the role of context by evaluating whether the means of provision (public or private) matters. While left-wing voters have higher WTP for publically provided public goods, right-wing voters have a higher WTP when a good is privately provided. Our findings have implications for values typically obtained for environmental public goods using survey data from constructed markets since scenarios typically describe improvements as being publically provided.

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  • Ian J. Bateman & Diane P. Dupont, 2010. "Political Affiliation And Willingness ToPay For Publicly Versus Privately Provided Environmental Goods," Working Papers 1003, Brock University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:brk:wpaper:1003
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    1. Steven Renzetti & Joel Brueau & Michel Villeneuve, 2009. "Self-selection bias and manufacturing firms' demand for water recirculation," Working Papers 0902, Brock University, Department of Economics, revised Feb 2009.
    2. Diane Dupont & Steven Renzetti, 2001. "The Role of Water in Manufacturing," Environmental & Resource Economics, Springer;European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, pages 411-432.
    3. Deaton, Angus, 1985. "Panel data from time series of cross-sections," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 30(1-2), pages 109-126.
    4. Sankar, . Ulaganathan (ed.), 2001. "Environmental Economics," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780195659139.
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    Keywords

    stated preference; public provision; private provision; valuation; political affiliation; water;

    JEL classification:

    • Q51 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Valuation of Environmental Effects
    • Q25 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Water
    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods
    • H42 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Publicly Provided Private Goods

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