Potential Use of the Life Satisfaction Approach to Value Nonmarket Goods and Services
33 Pages Posted: 22 Feb 2019
Date Written: January 29, 2019
Economic analysis often faces challenges in the valuation of non-market goods and services. The traditional set of non-market valuation tools for measuring Marshallian economic surplus has limitations related to potential bias in stated preferences and endogeneity of non-market amenity placement in revealed preference studies. The life satisfaction approach offers a Hicksian compensating variation-based alternative, which uses self-reported subjective well-being to calculate the marginal rate of substitution of income for non-market amenities or services. The conceptual basis for the approach is explained and illustrated with an example from Iloilo, Philippines. Recommendations are offered for future application of the technique in the economic analysis of investment projects.
Keywords: economic analysis, life satisfaction, natural disasters, Philippines, valuation, well-being
JEL Classification: D61, D69, D90, H40, Q51
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