Contingent Valuation
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Contingent Valuation

A Comprehensive Bibliography and History

Richard T. Carson

This major reference work – the first of its kind – provides a comprehensive and authoritative introduction to the large and growing literature on contingent valuation. It includes entries on over 7,500 contingent valuation papers and studies from over 130 countries covering both the published and grey literatures.
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Preface and acknowledgements

Richard T. Carson


The bibliography of contingent valuation (CV) studies contained in this book has been a labor of love since its initial rendition informally circulated in 1993. That version had a citation count in the several hundreds. By 1995, a more widely circulated version had just over 2,000 citations; and any notion of annotating the bibliography had been long abandoned. For several years now, the publisher Edward Elgar has patiently listed this title as forthcoming in its catalogue. The editor graciously acquiesced every year at the January Allied Social Sciences meeting when I urged him to wait to add one more year of citations. The time has finally come. There are now over 7,500 CV studies and papers from over 130 countries among the entries in this bibliography. A somewhat eclectic view has been adopted in terms of what is included in this bibliography. There are now thousands of environmental applications, including the traditional ones of valuing air and water quality improvements and outdoor recreation, as well as newer ones looking at ecosystem services and the incentives needed to get people to recycle or conserve. There are a large number of transportation applications focused on the valuation of traveltime savings and the choice of new modes of transportation or alternative fuel vehicles. The two biggest changes over time, however, have been the explosion of health-related studies and the number of studies in developing countries. The latter have often focused on environmental infrastructure issues, ecotourism, and aspects of health-care delivery. Identifying...

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