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Valuation of Water Quality in Livestock Regions: An Application to Rural Watersheds in Iowa

  • Hurley, Terrance M.
  • Otto, Daniel
  • Holtkamp, Janice

This paper investigates rural residents' perceptions of the risk to water quality from large confinement facilities and their willingness to pay to delay nitrate contamination from these facilities. Rural residents are concerned about the environmental impact of confinement facilities and are willing to pay as much as $82 annually to delay nitrate contamination in their water for 20 years. These contingent valuation results are consistent with the result obtained in similar studies that used hedonic valuation methods.

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 5151.

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Date of creation: 01 Jan 1999
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Spring 1999,
Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:5151
Contact details of provider: Postal: Iowa State University, Dept. of Economics, 260 Heady Hall, Ames, IA 50011-1070
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  1. Kevin J. Boyle & Richard C. Bishop & Michael P. Welsh, 1985. "Starting Point Bias in Contingent Valuation Bidding Games," Land Economics, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 62(2), pages 188-194.
  2. Dermot J. Hayes & Daniel M. Otto & John D. Lawrence, 1996. "Pork Production in Iowa: An Industry at a Crossroads," Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) Publications 96-bp10, Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at Iowa State University.
  3. Paul R. Portney, 1994. "The Contingent Valuation Debate: Why Economists Should Care," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 8(4), pages 3-17, Fall.
  4. Herriges, Joseph A. & Shogren, Jason F., 1996. "Starting Point Bias in Dichotomous Choice Valuation with Follow-Up Questioning," Staff General Research Papers 1501, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
  5. Peter A. Diamond & Jerry A. Hausman, 1994. "Contingent Valuation: Is Some Number Better than No Number?," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 8(4), pages 45-64, Fall.
  6. W. Michael Hanemann, 1994. "Valuing the Environment through Contingent Valuation," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 8(4), pages 19-43, Fall.
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