Challenges of Conducting Contingent Valuation Studies in Developing Countries

13 Pages Posted: 15 Apr 2020

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Alvaro Durand-Morat

University of Arkansas

Eric J. Wailes

University of Arkansas - Department of Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness

Rodolfo M. Nayga Jr.

University of Arkansas

Date Written: March 2016

Abstract

We review the experiences and challenges that researchers can face when conducting contingent valuation studies in developing countries. We discuss these challenges based on our own experiences of conducting field‐contingent valuation studies about genetically modified rice in five developing countries that represent different regions of the world and diverse cultures; we also base our discussion on results from a survey we conducted of agricultural and applied economists regarding their own experiences. The issues covered include the selection and training of local personnel, the recruitment of participants, sampling challenges, participants' compensation, survey methods and implementation, elicitation methods, the literacy rate of the population, and security/safety issues in developing countries. We also discuss the implications of our findings to other well‐established stated‐preference methods such as choice experiments.

Keywords: Contingent valuation, developing countries, research challenges

Suggested Citation

Durand-Morat, Alvaro and Wailes, Eric J. and Nayga Jr., Rodolfo M., Challenges of Conducting Contingent Valuation Studies in Developing Countries (March 2016). American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 98, Issue 2, pp. 597-609, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3575918 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajae/aav068

Alvaro Durand-Morat (Contact Author)

University of Arkansas

Eric J. Wailes

University of Arkansas - Department of Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness ( email )

Fayetteville, AR 72701
United States
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Rodolfo M. Nayga Jr.

University of Arkansas

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