Stated Benefits from Urban Afforestation in an Arid City: A Contingent Valuation in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico

47 Pages Posted: 11 May 2020

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Dalia M. Muñoz-Pizza

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Mariana Villada-Canela Villada-Canela

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Patricia Rivera-Castañeda Rivera-Castañeda

El Colegio de la Frontera Norte - Economics

Marco A. Reyna-Carranza

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Alvaro Osornio-Vargas

University of Alberta - Department of Pediatrics

Adan L. Martinez-Cruz

Department of Forest Economics, SLU; CERE; ETH Zürich - Centre for Energy Policy and Economics (CEPE)

Date Written: April 16, 2020

Abstract

The pervasiveness of particulate matter in arid cities has yet to be discussed and tackled. Given that urban trees have been documented to provide air-filtering and dry deposition services, this study documents the stated benefits from an urban afforestation scenario in Mexicali –an arid city located northwest Mexico at the US-Mexico border. Our double-bounded dichotomous contingent valuation protocol yields an estimated average annual willingness to pay (WTP) of USD 88 per household. Variations in the WTP are associated with perception of air quality and presence of respiratory symptoms in the respondent’s household. The smallest WTP (USD 75) is reported by respondents perceiving poor air quality in their neighborhood and with no household members affected by respiratory symptoms. In contrast, respondents perceiving good air quality and with at least one household member facing respiratory symptoms reported a WTP of USD 99. The average stated benefits represent around 0.8% of the annual household income.

Keywords: Air quality, PM10, urban afforestation, contingent valuation, arid cities, Mexicali

JEL Classification: Q51, Q53, Q58, Q59

Suggested Citation

Muñoz-Pizza, Dalia M. and Villada-Canela, Mariana and Rivera-Castañeda, Patricia Rivera-Castañeda and Reyna-Carranza, Marco A. and Osornio-Vargas, Alvaro and Martinez-Cruz, Adan L., Stated Benefits from Urban Afforestation in an Arid City: A Contingent Valuation in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico (April 16, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3577507 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3577507

Dalia M. Muñoz-Pizza

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Mariana Villada-Canela

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Patricia Rivera-Castañeda Rivera-Castañeda

El Colegio de la Frontera Norte - Economics ( email )

United States

Marco A. Reyna-Carranza

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Alvaro Osornio-Vargas

University of Alberta - Department of Pediatrics ( email )

1801 11135-83 Ave
Edmonton, T6G2C
Canada

Adan L. Martinez-Cruz (Contact Author)

Department of Forest Economics, SLU ( email )

S-901 83 Umea
Sweden

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Adan_Martinez-Cruz

CERE ( email )

Almas Allé 10
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Sweden

ETH Zürich - Centre for Energy Policy and Economics (CEPE) ( email )

8092 Zurich
Switzerland
+41 44 633 80 97 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.eepe.ethz.ch/people/madan

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