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Monetary Incentive Response Effects in Contingent Valuation Mail Surveys

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  • William J. Wheeler

    (Penn State University)

  • Jeffrey K. Lazo

    (Penn State University)

  • Matthew T. Heberling

    (Penn State University)

  • Ann N. Fisher

    (Penn State University)

  • Donald J. Epp

    (Penn State University)

Abstract

Monetary incentives are one approach for increasing response rates in contingent valuation surveys. We present the results of a case study desgined to assess the effect of incentives on response rates and respondent behavior. We compare response rates and quality of answers for five incentive levels. Including incentives increased the response rate, decreased item non-response rates, but had not effect on stated willingness-to-pay.

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  • William J. Wheeler & Jeffrey K. Lazo & Matthew T. Heberling & Ann N. Fisher & Donald J. Epp, 1997. "Monetary Incentive Response Effects in Contingent Valuation Mail Surveys," Others 9703001, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpot:9703001
    Note: Type of Document - Wordperfect 6.0; prepared on PC Windows; to print on HP; pages: 25 ; figures: none. Funding provided by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Cooperative Agreement CR 824369-01. The authors appreciate the comments of Warren Fisher and Jim Shortle on this manuscript. A shorter version of this paper was submitted for presentation at the 1997 NAREA meetings.
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    1. Gripp, Sharon I. & Luloff, A.E. & Yonkers, Robert D., 1994. "Reporting Response Rates For Telephone Surveys Used In Agricultural Economics Research," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, vol. 23(2), October.
    2. Gripp, Sharon I. & Luloff, A.E. & Yonkers, Robert D., 1994. "Reporting Response Rates for Telephone Surveys Used In Agricultural Economics Research," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Cambridge University Press, vol. 23(02), pages 200-206, October.
    3. Steven F. Edwards & Glen D. Anderson, 1987. "Overlooked Biases in Contingent Valuation Surveys: Some Considerations," Land Economics, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 63(2), pages 168-178.
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    Keywords

    mail surveys; contingent valuation; monetary incentives;

    JEL classification:

    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • C81 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Methodology for Collecting, Estimating, and Organizing Microeconomic Data; Data Access

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