Abstract

ABSTRACT:

Sensitivity to the scope of public good provision is an important indication of validity for the contingent valuation method. An online survey was administered to an opt-in nonprobability sample panel to estimate the willingness to pay to protect hemlock trees from a destructive invasive species on federal land in North Carolina. We collected survey responses from 907 North Carolina residents. We find evidence that attribute nonattendance (ANA) is a factor when testing for sensitivity to scope. When estimating the model with stated ANA, the ecologically and socially important scope coefficients become positive and statistically significant, with economically significant marginal willingness-to-pay estimates. (JEL Q51)

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Additional Information

ISSN
1543-8325
Print ISSN
0023-7639
Pages
pp. 25-42
Launched on MUSE
2020-02-06
Open Access
No
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