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The influence of decision-making rules on individual preference for ecological restoration: Evidence from an experimental survey


  • Nobuyuki Ito

    (Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University)

  • Kenji Takeuchi

    () (Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University)

  • Koichi Kuriyama

    (School of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University)

  • Yasushi Shoji

    (Graduate School of Agriculture, Hokkaido University)

  • Takahiro Tsuge

    (Faculty of Economics, Konan University)

  • Yohei Mitani

    (School of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University)


We conduct an experimental survey to analyze how rules for collective decision-making influence individual preferences concerning nature restoration projects. Our study compares two decision-making rules - a consensus rule and a majority rule - wherein participants decide on a plan concerning nature restoration in the Kushiro Wetland, Japan. Our main finding is that the difference between the individual preferences and collective decision-making is less significant under the consensus rule than the majority rule. Furthermore, there is a larger disparity with regard to the marginal willingness to pay between collective and individual decisions when participants are unsatisfied with the results of collective choice.

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  • Nobuyuki Ito & Kenji Takeuchi & Koichi Kuriyama & Yasushi Shoji & Takahiro Tsuge & Yohei Mitani, 2008. "The influence of decision-making rules on individual preference for ecological restoration: Evidence from an experimental survey," Discussion Papers 0820, Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University.
  • Handle: RePEc:koe:wpaper:0820

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