Voter-weighted environmental preferences


Journal Article

This article examines the political economy of preferences with respect to the environment using a new stated preference survey that presents the first benefit values for national water quality levels. The mean valuation greatly exceeds the median value, as the distribution of valuations is highly skewed. The study couples the survey valuations with unique and extensive information on respondent voting patterns. Preferences of registered voters are similar to the preferences of the population at large, but median voters value water quality more than nonvoters. The strongest contrast related to voter-weighted preferences is among voters for different candidates, as those who voted for Gore in the 2000 presidential election have the highest environmental values. © 2009 by the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Bell, J; Huber, J; Kip Viscusi, W

Published Date

  • December 1, 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 28 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 655 - 671

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1520-6688

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0276-8739

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/pam.20459

Citation Source

  • Scopus