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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2021

On Misrepresentation of Altruistic Preferences in Discrete-Choice Experiments

Johansson, Per-Olov; Kristrom, Bengt;

Abstract

The purpose of this note is to address a problem faced in using stated preference methods to estimate willingness to pay (WTP) for a project. The considered problem occurs under pure altruism. Even though an agent is equipped with well-behaved preferences, a conventional closed-ended (binary) valuation question may induce her to overrate or underrate her true WTP. On the other hand, an open-ended valuation format seemingly provides a correct answer, but such a format fails to be incentive compatible.

Keywords

altruism; closed-ended payment vehicle; distortionary taxation; environmental goods; open-ended payment vehicle; willingness-to-pay

Published in

Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics

2021, volume: 46, number: 1, pages: 126-133
Publisher: WESTERN AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS ASSOC

Authors' information

Johansson, Per-Olov
Stockholm School of Economics
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Forest Economics

UKÄ Subject classification

Economics

Publication Identifiers

DOI: https://doi.org/10.22004/ag.econ.303599

URI (permanent link to this page)

https://res.slu.se/id/publ/110099