Kopp, Raymond J., Pommerehne, Werner W., Schwarz, Norbert (Eds.)
1997, IX, 333 p.
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Contingent valuation (CV) measures what is called passive use value or existence value. The CV method has been used to measure the benefits of environmental policy actions. CV measures of economic value rely on choice. In CV studies, choices are posed to people in surveys; analysts then use the responses to these choice questions to construct monetary measures of value. The specific mechanism used to elicit respondents' choices can take a variety of forms, including asking survey respondents whether they would purchase, vote, or pay for a program or some other well-defined object of choice. It can also be a direct elicitation of the amount each respondent would be willing to pay (WTP) to obtain an object of choice or the amount each respondent would be willing to accept (WTA) in compensation to give it up. This volume is composed of three sections. The first section provides background into the issues underlying the public and academic discussion regarding CV and the reliability of CV estimates of economic value. In addition, this section reviews the theory underlying the measurement of economic value and discusses those aspects of the theory most relevant to CV. The second section focuses on issues that have formed the core of the CV discussions including: sensitivity of WTP estimates to the size of the program offered, tests for theoretical consistency of CV results, and the sensitivity of results to context and numerous other features of the survey and its administration. The final section addresses the application of CV to actual economic valuation tasks and discusses the types of practical problems the CV researcher will encounter.
1. Editors' Introduction; N. Schwarz, R. Kopp. Background and Theory. 2. Contingent Valuation: Economics, Law and Politics; R.J. Kopp, K.A. Pease. 3. Measuring the Non-Use Values: Theory and Application; R. Bishop, et al. 4. Economics and the Psychology of Valuing Risk Reductions; W.K. Viscusi. Methodological Issues in Contingent Valuation. 5. Constructing Measures of Economic Value; R.J. Kopp, V.K. Smith. 6. Contingent Valuation Surveys and Tests of Insensitivity to Scope; R.T. Carson. 7. Cognition, Communication, and Survey Measurement: Implications for Contingent Valuation Surveys; N. Schwarz. 8. What Do Psychologists Want? Contingent Valuation as a Special Case of Asking Questions; B. Fischhoff. 9. The Effect of Giving Respondents `Time-to-Think' on Tests of Scope; D. Whittington, et al. 10. Practical Problems in Contingent Valuation; B. Krstrom. Applying Contingent Valuation. 11. Communication Devices in Contingent Valuation Surveys - Experiments with Video; S. Navrud. 12. Limits to the Applicability of the CV Approach? A Case Study; W.W. PommerehneDAGGER, A. Hart. Subject Index.