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The relative value of farm animal welfare

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Susan Chilton


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This paper examines the viability of an alternative (to willingness-to-pay) method of eliciting values for farm animal welfare improvements. The matching method, common in the health and safety literature, appears to perform well, generating results that, as might be expected, are driven both by scheme-specific variables and individual respondent characteristics. However, the results do not converge well with equivalent willingness-to-pay based values from the same population. One interpretation of this result is that benefit-cost ratios from stated preference studies are arbitrary phenomena with obvious implications for any policymaking based on such findings. © 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Author(s): Chilton SM, Burgess D, Hutchinson WG

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Ecological Economics

Year: 2006

Volume: 59

Issue: 3

Pages: 353-363

ISSN (print): 0921-8009

ISSN (electronic): 1873-6106

Publisher: Elsevier BV


DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2005.11.003


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