Language-Related Differences in a Contingent Valuation Study: English Versus Spanish

Posted: 13 Sep 2003

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John B. Loomis

Colorado State University, Fort Collins - Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics

Lucas S. Bair

Colorado State University, Fort Collins - Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics

Armando Gonzalez-Caban

Department of Agriculture (USDA), Forest Service, Forest Service Fire Laboratory

Abstract

To test the similarity of English- and Spanish-speaking households responses to a contingent valuation survey, phone interviews were conducted in both languages regarding two forest fire prevention programs. While there were similar response rates, there were significant differences in the most frequent reasons given for refusing to pay. In the pooled logit model, the language intercept and bid interaction variables were insignificant in both programs. The likelihood ratio test of separate logit equations showed no statistical difference between English- and Spanish-speaking households responses to either program. Mean benefits reported by Spanish-speaking households were about one-third lower than English-speaking households, although the difference is not statistically significant.

Suggested Citation

Loomis, John B. and Bair, Lucas S. and Gonzalez-Caban, Armando, Language-Related Differences in a Contingent Valuation Study: English Versus Spanish. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=366510

John B. Loomis (Contact Author)

Colorado State University, Fort Collins - Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics ( email )

B310 Andrew G. Clark
Fort Collins, CO 80523
United States
970-491-2485 (Phone)

Lucas S. Bair

Colorado State University, Fort Collins - Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics

Fort Collins, CO 80523
United States

Armando Gonzalez-Caban

Department of Agriculture (USDA), Forest Service, Forest Service Fire Laboratory ( email )

Riverside, CA
United States

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