The causes of order effects in contingent valuation surveys: An experimental investigation

Clark, Jeremy and Friesen, Lana (2008) The causes of order effects in contingent valuation surveys: An experimental investigation. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 56 2: 195-206. doi:10.1016/j.jeem.2007.12.005

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Author Clark, Jeremy
Friesen, Lana
Title The causes of order effects in contingent valuation surveys: An experimental investigation
Journal name Journal of Environmental Economics and Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0095-0696
1096-0449
Publication date 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jeem.2007.12.005
Volume 56
Issue 2
Start page 195
End page 206
Total pages 12
Place of publication Maryland Heights, MO, United States
Publisher Academic Press
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject C1
140205 Environment and Resource Economics
140206 Experimental Economics
910209 Preference, Behaviour and Welfare
Abstract Contingent valuation researchers have found that the hypothetical values respondents place on a nested sequence of environmental goods are sensitive to the order in which the goods are presented. Typically, the smallest bundle of goods is valued more highly if presented first than if following more comprehensive bundles. Such effects appear even when each bundle is valued from an “exclusive” list, or as an alternative to any other, so that income and substitution effects are controlled. We conduct lab experiments where participants are asked to value sequences of nested goods for purchase from an exclusive list using an incentive-compatible Becker–DeGroot–Marschak mechanism. We test whether order effects occur in valuation for (a) induced value goods, (b) actual private goods, and (c) identical private goods that are to be donated to charities. We find significant order effects when the goods are valued for own use, but not when they are valued for donation.
Keyword Exclusive list
Warm glow
Contingent valuation
Order effects
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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