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Exploring divergence between respondent and researcher definitions of the good in contingent valuation studies.

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Susan Chilton


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In Contingent Valuation studies, researchers often base their definition of the environmental good on scientific/expert consensus. However; respondents may not hold this same commodity definition prior to the transaction. This raises questions as to the potential for staging a satisfactory transaction, based on Fischoff and Furby's (1988) criteria. Some unresolved issues regarding the provision of information to respondents to facilitate such a transaction are highlighted. In this paper; we apply content analysis to focus group discussions and develop a set of rules which take account of the non-independence of group data to explore whether researcher and respondents' prior definitions are in any way similar We use the results to guide information provision in a subsequent questionnaire.

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Author(s): Chilton SM, Hutchinson MG

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Agricultural Economics

Year: 1999

Volume: 50

Issue: 1

Pages: 1-16

Print publication date: 01/01/1999

ISSN (print): 0021-857X

ISSN (electronic): 1477-9552

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


DOI: 10.1111/j.1477-9552.1999.tb00791.x


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