An Iterative Choice Approach to Valuing Clean Lakes, Rivers, and Streams

62 Pages Posted: 1 Sep 2000

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W. Kip Viscusi

Vanderbilt University - Law School; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Vanderbilt University - Department of Economics; Vanderbilt University - Owen Graduate School of Management; Vanderbilt University - Strategy and Business Economics

Joel C. Huber

Duke University - Fuqua School of Business

Wesley A. Magat

Duke University (Deceased)

Date Written: August 2000

Abstract

This article introduces an iterative choice procedure for valuing inland water quality. This approach breaks up the valuation into a series of component tasks. The water quality ladder approach is not valid empirically. Consequently, respondents in Colorado and North Carolina assessed the value of making water quality rated "good" by EPA, which has a value of $22.40 per additional percent improvement. Nonuse and probabilistic use are highly valued. The results also indicate how water quality valuations differ for aquatic environment, edible fish, and swimming, as well as for water that is cloudy, smelly, or polluted by toxics. Minorities are particularly likely to rely upon monitorable water quality attributes.

JEL Classification: H40, K32, Q25, Q26

Suggested Citation

Viscusi, W. Kip and Huber, Joel C. and Magat, Wesley A., An Iterative Choice Approach to Valuing Clean Lakes, Rivers, and Streams (August 2000). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=239987 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.239987

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Duke University - Fuqua School of Business ( email )

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Wesley A. Magat

Duke University (Deceased)

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