Protesting and justifying: a latent class model for contingent valuation with attitudinal data

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Abstract

This article develops a latent class model for estimating willingness-to-pay (WTP) for public goods using simultaneously contingent valuation (CV) and attitudinal data to identify individuals with similar characteristics, such as WTP and protest attitudes. We find evidence that the answer to the CV question influences the responses to the attitudinal questions. In our case, this influence reflects rational behavior (budget constraint issues) and justification biases related to protest reasons, such as lack of trust in institutions or fairness issues with respect to the distribution of the burden of preservation. The results from our empirical application confirm the importance of accounting for those biases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)531-548
Number of pages18
JournalEnvironmental and Resource Economics
Volume52
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2012

Keywords

  • Attitudinal data
  • Contingent valuation
  • Justification bias
  • Latent class model
  • Protest responses

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