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Controlling for Biases in Primary Valuation Studies: A Meta-analysis of International Coral Reef Values


  • Sabah Abdullah

    (Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, Italy, University of Bath, Department of Economics, United Kingdom)

  • Randall S. Rosenberger

    (Oregon State University, College of Forestry, USA)


This paper updates the existing meta-analysis in coral reef recreation taking into account the previous work of Brander et al. (2007) but considering some stated preference biases and/or effects. The present meta-analysis uses twice the number of observations as the previous one and sheds more light in understanding the influence of these common biases and/or effects found in valuations. The results show the common biases/effects in varied methodology types significantly influence the willingness to pay (WTP) estimates and in turn this has implications in welfare and benefit transfer at local, regional and global levels.

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  • Sabah Abdullah & Randall S. Rosenberger, 2012. "Controlling for Biases in Primary Valuation Studies: A Meta-analysis of International Coral Reef Values," Working Papers 2012.72, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
  • Handle: RePEc:fem:femwpa:2012.72

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    Meta-analysis; Coral Ecosystem; Valuation; Willingness to Pay; Biases;

    JEL classification:

    • Q54 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Climate; Natural Disasters and their Management; Global Warming
    • Q57 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Ecological Economics

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