Valuing a global environmental good: U.S. residents’ willingness to pay to protect tropical rain forests


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© Richard T. Carson 2007. Although contingent valuation (CV) is the most common technique for valuing nonmarket environmental resources, rarely has it been applied to global environmental goods. This study uses CV in a national survey to assess the value U.S. residents place on tropical rain forest protection. On average, respondents were willing to make a onetime payment of approximately $21-31 per household to protect an additional 5 percent of tropical forests. Although respondents were able to give consistent responses across two different CV formats, focus groups were unwilling or unable to allocate their aggregate rainforest valuations across or among regions or specific rain forests. (JEL 023).

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kramer, RA; Mercer, DE

Published Date

  • January 1, 2018

Book Title

  • The Stated Preference Approach to Environmental Valuation: Volume III: Applications: Benefit-Cost Analysis and Natural Resource Damage Assessment

Start / End Page

  • 275 - 289

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780754623342

Citation Source

  • Scopus