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Estimating the economic value of water quality protection in the Catawba River basin

dc.contributor.author Eisen-Hecht, JI
dc.contributor.author Kramer, Randall A
dc.date.accessioned 2013-04-23T17:42:54Z
dc.date.issued 2002-09-01
dc.identifier.issn 0043-1397
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10161/6742
dc.description.abstract [1] This study used stated preference methods to estimate the economic value of protecting water quality in the Catawba River basin of North and South Carolina at its current level. Telephone interviews were completed with 1085 randomly selected households, who were also mailed a short information booklet about these issues. Respondents expressed a mean willingness to pay $139 for a management plan designed to protect water quality at its current level over time. Aggregation of this mean willingness to pay value amounted to an annual economic benefit of over $75 million for all taxpayers in Catawba basin counties. By using a split-sample survey design, this study also compared the effectiveness of different combined mail and telephone survey formats. Results indicated that while a phone-mail-phone approach is preferred for some reasons over a mail-phone approach, the survey format did not significantly affect the economic valuation results.
dc.relation.ispartof Water Resources Research
dc.title Estimating the economic value of water quality protection in the Catawba River basin
dc.type Journal article
pubs.issue 9
pubs.organisational-group Duke
pubs.organisational-group Duke Science & Society
pubs.organisational-group Economics
pubs.organisational-group Environmental Sciences and Policy
pubs.organisational-group Global Health Institute
pubs.organisational-group Initiatives
pubs.organisational-group Institutes and Provost's Academic Units
pubs.organisational-group Nicholas School of the Environment
pubs.organisational-group Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
pubs.organisational-group University Institutes and Centers
pubs.publication-status Published
pubs.volume 38


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