Do Respondents' Perceptions of the Status Quo Matter in Non-Market Valuation with Choice Experiments? An Application to New Zealand Freshwater Streams

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dc.contributor.author Scarpa, R
dc.contributor.author Marsh, D
dc.contributor.author Mkwara, L
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-12T03:33:19Z
dc.date.issued 2011-01
dc.identifier.citation Sustainability, 2011, 3 (9), pp. 1593 - 1615
dc.identifier.issn 2071-1050
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/18106
dc.description.abstract Many issues relating to the sustainability of environmental resource use are informed by environmental valuation studies with stated preference surveys. Within these, researchers often provide descriptions of status quo conditions which may differ from those perceived by respondents. Ignoring this difference in utility baselines may affect the magnitude of estimated utility changes and hence bias benefit estimates of proposed environmental policies. We investigate this issue using data from a choice experiment on a communitys willingness to pay for water quality improvements in streams. More than 60% of respondents perceived streams water quality at the status quo to be better than the description we provided in our scenario. Results show that respondents who could provide details of their perception of the status quo displayed stronger preferences for water quality improvementsand hence higher marginal willingness to paythan their counterparts. However, respondents who referred to their own status quo description displayed a higher inclination to prefer the status quo, while other respondents tended to prefer the proposed improvements. We argue this might be linked to the amount of knowledge each group displayed about the status quo: a kind of reluctance to leave what one believes he/she knows well.
dc.publisher MDPI Publishing
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.3390/su3091593
dc.title Do Respondents' Perceptions of the Status Quo Matter in Non-Market Valuation with Choice Experiments? An Application to New Zealand Freshwater Streams
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Sustainability
dc.journal.volume 9
dc.journal.volume 3
dc.journal.number 9 en_US
dc.publocation Basel, Switzerland en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 1593 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 1615 en_US
dc.cauo.name BUS.Centre for the Study of Choice en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 1205 Urban and Regional Planning
dc.personcode 107632
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Urban and Regional Planning en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords NA en_US
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dc.description.keywords NA
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pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Business
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Study of Choice


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