Environmental Economics

The Role of Focus Groups in Designing a Contingent Valuation Survey to Measure the Benefits of Hazardous Waste Management Regulations

This report describes the development of a contingent valuation questionaire for measuring the benefits of reducing hazaradous waste risks. Along the way, it provides some insights about three key activities that were undertaken to aid the questionnaire development process: focus groups, field pretests, and videotaped interviews. In general, the authors tried to describe each of these activities in some detail and to evaluate their relative effectiveness. In effect, this report tells the authors' experiences--both bad and good--in charting the course of a contingent valuation questionnaire for valuing risk changes through some unfamiliar waters.

  • Keywords

    1. Benefits Analysis
    1. Benefits Analysis - Valuation
    1. Benefits Analysis - Valuation - Stated Preference
    1. Benefits Analysis - Valuation - Stated Preference - Contingent Valuation
    Environmental Media:
    c. Land
    c. Land - Solid Waste/RCRA
    c. Land - Superfund/CERCLA
    Desvousges, William H.
    Smith, V. Kerry
    Brown, Diane H.
    Pate, D. Kirk
    EPA Project Officer/ Manager:
    Fisher, Ann
    Geographic Area:
    Study Purpose:
    Empirical Application, Methodology Development & Evaluation
    Inventory Record #: EE-0517
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    Research Organization:

    Research Triangle InstituteAddress:
    City: Rsearch Triangle Park State: NC ZIP:
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    Funding Organization:
    Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Policy Planning and Evaluation, Economic Analysis DivisionAddress:
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    Date Linked: 05/28/2009