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How can behavioral economics inform non-market valuation? An example from the preference reversal literature

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  • Vic Adamowicz
  • Jonathan Alevy
  • John List

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Psychological insights have made inroads within most major areas of study in economics. One area where less advance has been made is environmental and resource economics. In this study, we examine the implications of preference reversals over evaluation modes, in which stated economic values critically depend on whether the good is valued jointly with others or in isolation. The question arises because two commonly used methods for eliciting stated preferences differ in that one presents objects together and another presents objects to be evaluated in isolation. Beyond showing an example of the import of behavioral economics, our empirical evidence sheds new light on the factors associated with insensitivity of valuations to the scope of the good

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  • Vic Adamowicz & Jonathan Alevy & John List, 2010. "How can behavioral economics inform non-market valuation? An example from the preference reversal literature," Artefactual Field Experiments 00002, The Field Experiments Website.
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    • C93 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Field Experiments
    • Q51 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Valuation of Environmental Effects

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