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Spatial Effects in Willingness-to-Pay: The Case of Two Nuclear Risks

  • Yves Schneider

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    (Department of Economics,University of Virginia,)

  • Peter Zweifel

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    (Socioeconomic Institute, University of Zurich)

This paper examines the spatial dimension of marginal willingness to pay (MWP) for reduction of nuclear risks through increased insurance coverage. The effect of distance from a nuclear power plant on individuals’ MWP is ambiguous. MWP is expected to decrease with distance because the risk of being affected by an accident decreases. However, if individuals choose their residential location taking the operational risk into account, MWP is predicted to first increase and later decrease with distance from the nuclear power plant. On the other hand, there are risks associated with transportation and disposal of nuclear waste where distance should matter only in the vicinity of the plant. These theoretical predictions are tested with data collected using a stated choice experiment. The predictions are largely confirmed by the evidence.

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Paper provided by Socioeconomic Institute - University of Zurich in its series SOI - Working Papers with number 0502.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2005
Date of revision: Sep 2007
Handle: RePEc:soz:wpaper:0502
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