Describes what is arguably the first and only valuation study to meet in full the reference study standards set by NOAA's Blue Ribbon Panel on Contingent Valuation. This book documents a contingent valuation study for a generic environmental good: preventing the likely injuries from oil spills on the coast of central California. It provides a wealth of materials which will reduce the long lead time which characterizes most economic damage assessments. This is achieved by so richly documenting the design, administration, and analysis of such studies as to be effectively a 'how-to' guide for undertaking state-of-the-art contingent valuation studies.
From the contents: Preface.- 1. Introduction and Overview.- 2. Scenario Identification and Survey Design.- 3. Structure of the Main Survey Instrument.- 4. Implementation of the Main Study Survey.- 5. Evaluation of Open-Ended, Vote Assumption, Reconsideration, and Interviewer Evaluation Questions.- 6. Analysis of Choice Questions.- References.- Appendix A. Main Study Survey Instrument.- Appendix B. Sample Design and Execution (CD Only).- Appendix C. Survey Marginals (CD Only).- Appendix D. Coding Categories for Open-Ended Questions (Book Only).- Appendix E. Responses to Open-Ended Questions (CD Only).- Appendix F. Description of the Turnbull Non-Parametric Estimator (Book Only).- Appendix G. Recommended NOAA Panel Cross-Tabulations (CD Only).- Appendix H. Supplemental Analysis Tables (Book Only).- Appendix I. Comparative Analysis of the COS & EVOS Survey (Book Only).- Appendix J. Development Materials (CD Only).- Appendix K. Main Study Dataset (CD Only).- Appendix L. Response to Triangle Economic Research Critique (Book Only).- Index.