Minimising payment vehicle bias in contingent valuation studies

Citation
Md. Morrison et al., Minimising payment vehicle bias in contingent valuation studies, ENVIRON R E, 16(4), 2000, pp. 407-422
Citations number
13
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Economics
Journal title
ENVIRONMENTAL & RESOURCE ECONOMICS
ISSN journal
0924-6460 → ACNP
Volume
16
Issue
4
Year of publication
2000
Pages
407 - 422
Database
ISI
SICI code
0924-6460(200008)16:4<407:MPVBIC>2.0.ZU;2-F
Abstract
The payment vehicle is a crucial element in applications of the contingent valuation method because it provides the context for payment. However, in m any countries a relative unfamiliarity with the use of tax levies and refer enda can affect the plausibility of payment vehicles and lead to payment ve hicle bias. The most commonly used approach for determining whether payment bias exists is to use tests of convergent validity. It is demonstrated tha t simple tests of convergent validity can be ineffective in diagnosing the existence of payment vehicle bias. Payment vehicle bias is found to occur b ecause of differences in the coverage of payment vehicles and doubts about payment being one-off. When respondents are found to be protesting against a particular payment vehicle, the current state of the art approach is to d elete them from the sample. In this paper an alternative approach that reli es on the recoding of protest responses is proposed.