Language-Related Differences in Environmental Benefits Estimation: Evidence from a Mail Survey

19 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2008

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Xiaolin Ren

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Arianto A. Patunru

University of Indonesia (UI) - Faculty of Economics and Business

John B. Braden

University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign - Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics

Abstract

In contingent valuation studies, failing to accommodate populations with limited language skills might yield biased estimates. In the United States, there are many residents primarily fluent in Spanish. This study uses conditional logit models applied to data from a bilingual (English and Spanish) conjoint choice mail survey to evaluate the effects of language proficiency on estimates of the economic benefits of contaminated site cleanup. Results indicate that language does have significant effects on welfare estimates. The results suggest that mail surveys addressing environmental issues that may affect a linguistically diverse population should be designed at the outset with multiple languages in mind.

JEL Classification: Q51, J19

Suggested Citation

Ren, Xiaolin and Patunru, Arianto A. and Braden, John B., Language-Related Differences in Environmental Benefits Estimation: Evidence from a Mail Survey. Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. 26, Issue 1, pp. 13-31, January 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1084207 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1465-7287.2007.00060.x

Xiaolin Ren (Contact Author)

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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Arianto A. Patunru

University of Indonesia (UI) - Faculty of Economics and Business ( email )

Kampus Baru
Depok, West Java 16424
Indonesia

HOME PAGE: http://www.patunru.org/

John B. Braden

University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign - Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics ( email )

1301 W. Gregory Drive
Urbana, IL 61801
United States

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