Improving Willingness-to-Accept Responses Using Alternate Forms of Compensation

EPA Grant Number: R824687
Title: Improving Willingness-to-Accept Responses Using Alternate Forms of Compensation
Investigators: Mansfield, Carol , Huber, Joel , Van Houtven, George L.
Institution: Duke University , Desert Research Institute
Current Institution: Desert Research Institute , Duke University
EPA Project Officer: Chung, Serena
Project Period: October 1, 1995 through April 1, 1997
Project Amount: $51,402
RFA: Valuation and Environmental Policy (1995) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Environmental Justice


The purpose of this project is to design a pilot survey to investigate why surveys that ask willingness-to-accept compensation questions so often yield unreliable data and whether respondents would find alternate modes of compensation (specifically, public goods) more acceptable. The study will include both a theoretical discussion of why individuals may react negatively to offers of cash compensation and empirical results from the survey testing the hypothesis that individuals will prefer public goods as compensation and that the responses to public good compensation questions will be more stable than the responses to cash compensation questions. The survey will focus primarily on the problem of determining the proper level of compensation for host communities when siting noxious facilities. Information from the pilot survey will be used to try and improve willingness-to-accept surveys and the siting process for noxious facilities.

Publications and Presentations:

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Supplemental Keywords:

valuation, contingent valuation, public opinion, survey, willingness to accept, economics, public policy, compensation framework, risk tradeoffs., RFA, Economic, Social, & Behavioral Science Research Program, Scientific Discipline, Economics, decision-making, Ecology and Ecosystems, Economics & Decision Making, Social Science, alternative compensation, contingent valuation, ecosystem valuation, policy analysis, social psychology, surveys, compensation, risk reduction, social impact analysis, valuation, decision analysis, incentives, valuing environmental quality, property values, environmental assets, economic incentives, environmental values, preference formation, willingness to accept, environmental policy, community-based, models, psychological attitudes, public values, social resistance, noxious facilities, public policy, stated preference

Progress and Final Reports:

  • 1996
  • Final Report