Environmental Economics

Voter-Weighted Environmental Preferences

This article examines the political economy of preferences with respect to the environment using a stated preference survey done for EPA that present the first benefit values for national water quality levels. The mean valuation greatly exceeds the median value, as the distribution of valuations is highly skewed. The study couples the survey valuations with unique and extensive information on respondent voting patterns. Preferences of registered voters are similar to the preferences of the population at large, but median voters value water quality more than nonvoters. The strongest contrast related to voter-weighted preferences is among voters for different candidates, as those who voted for Gore in the 2000 presidential election have the highest environmental values. See published output above for journal reference.

  • Keywords

    1. Benefits Analysis
    8. Other Analyses and Reports
    1. Benefits Analysis - Valuation
    1. Benefits Analysis - Valuation - Stated Preference
    1. Benefits Analysis - Valuation - Stated Preference - Non-contingent Valuation
    Environmental Media:
    b. Water
    Bell, Jason
    Huber, Joel
    Viscusi, W. Kip
    EPA Project Officer/ Manager:
    Carlin, Alan
    Geographic Area:
    United States
    Study Purpose:
    Empirical Application, Data Development
    Inventory Record #: PE-0024
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    Vanderbilt University and Duke UniversityAddress:
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    Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation, National Center for Environmental EconomicsAddress:
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