Environmental Economics

Methods for Measuring Non-use Values: A Contingent Valuation Study of Groundwater Cleanup, a volume in Innovative Approaches for Valuing Perceived Environmental Quality

This study focused on methodological issues in measuring non-use values for groundwater cleanup using contingent valuation. An immdedate purpose was to provide information for estimating the economic benefits of groundwater cleanup. The report was organized into the following chapters:

    A Theoretical Basis for Estimating the Benefits of Groundwater Cleanup--defines the sources of benefits which might arise from groundwater cleanup and analyzes a number of theoretical issues relevant to the measurement and estimation of benefits, especially as regards non-use benefits.
    Methodological Issues in Using Contingent Valuation to Measure Non-Use Values--summarizes the authors' methodological research into the roles of information and context, embedding, hypothetical error, and scenario rejection.
    Perfect Information/Full Context Survey Instrument Design and Testing--initial research and pretesting
    Design and Testing of Mail Survey Instrument
    Sample Design, Administration and Results of the National Mail Survey
    Analysis of Results
In addition, there are five appendices, as follows:
    A. Survey Instrument for October 1990 Pretest
    B. Survey Instrument for December 1990 Pretest
    C. Verbal Protocols
    D. Facsimile Surveys
    E. Modeling Willingness to Pay with True Zero Bids and Right-skewed Errors.
Additional discussion of the report can be found in the Memorandum to the EPA Science Advisory Board Environmental Economics Advisory Commitee
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  • Keywords

    1. Benefits Analysis
    1. Benefits Analysis - Valuation
    1. Benefits Analysis - Valuation - Stated Preference
    1. Benefits Analysis - Valuation - Stated Preference - Contingent Valuation
    Environmental Media:
    b. Water
    c. Land
    b. Water - Groundwater
    c. Land - Solid Waste/RCRA
    McClelland, Gary H.
    Schulze, William D.
    Lazo, Jeffrey K.
    Waldman, Donald
    Doyle, James K.
    Elliott, Steven R.
    Irwin, Julie R.
    EPA Project Officer/ Manager:
    Carlin, Alan
    Geographic Area:
    United States
    Study Purpose:
    Empirical Application, Methodology Development & Evaluation
    Report Series:
    Methods for Measuring Non-Use Values
    Inventory Record #: EE-0013A
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  • Participating Organizations

    Research Organization:

    Colorado, University of, Center for Economic AnalysisAddress:
    City: Boulder State: CO ZIP: 80309
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    Funding Organization:
    Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Policy, Planning and Evaluation and Office of Solid Waste and Emergency ResponseAddress:
    City: State: ZIP:
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    Date Linked: 05/28/2009