Impact of socio-demographic factors on willingness to pay for reduction of a future health risk

Nielsen, Jesper B., Gyrd-Hansen, Dorte, Kristiansen, Ivar Sonbo and Nexoe, Jorgen (2003) Impact of socio-demographic factors on willingness to pay for reduction of a future health risk. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 46 1: 39-47. doi:10.1080/713676699


Author Nielsen, Jesper B.
Gyrd-Hansen, Dorte
Kristiansen, Ivar Sonbo
Nexoe, Jorgen
Title Impact of socio-demographic factors on willingness to pay for reduction of a future health risk
Journal name Journal of Environmental Planning and Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0964-0568
1360-0559
Publication date 2003-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/713676699
Volume 46
Issue 1
Start page 39
End page 47
Total pages 9
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Knowledge of socio-demographic factors affecting attitudes to and perception of risk is an important instrument in enhancing efficiencies of interventions. The authors evaluated whether socio-demographic variables affected attitudes to an environmental issue (securing future drinking water). An important aspect was the delay between time of environmental pollution and time of human exposure and thereby potential health risk. Gender, education, place of residence and age all influenced the extent to which individuals were willing to allocate present resources to alleviate a future problem. Specifically, people above the age of 50 appeared more reluctant to pay for an intervention against a future potential health threat. The authors found a significant correlation between attitude and willingness to pay (WTP). In the authors' scenarios, the WTP variable worked more as a dichotomous variable than as a continuous variable, stressing the importance and relevance of the WTP=0 answers.
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Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
 
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