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Stated Preference Valuation Methods: An Evolving Tool for Understanding Choices and Informing Policy

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  • Nick Hanley

    (School of Geography and Sustainable Development, University of St. Andrews)

  • Mikolaj Czajkowski

    (University of Warsaw, Department of Economics, Poland)

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We examine the value of Stated Preference (SP) valuation methods as part of the environmental economist’s toolbox.We review a number of policy design issues where we believe SP methods have advantages over alternative approaches. We also discuss the role of SP methods in exploring aspects of peoples’ preferences and values which have wider implications for economics and behavioral sciences: (a) the effects of information, learning and knowledge; (b) testing the standard model of compensatory, rational choice; (c) the influence of behavioural levers such as social norms; and (d) the role of “deep” drivers of preference heterogeneity, such as personality and emotions. We also review what is known about the extent to which hypothetical choices reveal something about people’s true preferences. Finally, we speculate on some areas where SP methods may be useful in the future.

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  • Nick Hanley & Mikolaj Czajkowski, 2017. "Stated Preference Valuation Methods: An Evolving Tool for Understanding Choices and Informing Policy," Discussion Papers in Environment and Development Economics 2017-01, University of St. Andrews, School of Geography and Sustainable Development.
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    • Q51 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Valuation of Environmental Effects
    • D6 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics
    • H4 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods

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