Using Choice Question Formats to Determine Compensable Values: The Case of a Landfill Sitting Process
Siting noxious facilities, such as community landfills, is a challenging problem for local planners who recognize the importance of economic efficiency and equity, political acceptance, and meeting federal regulatory standards. Meeting these criteria requires technical and socio-economic analyses in conjunction with public input. Planners may also recognize that political acceptance requires compensation for the host community, either in the form of monetary or in-kind transfers. Following Breffle and Rowe (2002), we use a “resource-toresource” paired-comparison survey method to estimate compensatory values associated with an in-county landfill for both the host and non-host communities. Our results indicate that while a host-community household’s minimum willingness to accept payment for hosting a landfill may exceed a non-host-community household’s maximum willingness to pay, a large difference in population sizes between the two communities enables the landfill to pass a Kaldor potential compensation test.
Caplan, Arthur J., Therese Grijalva, and Douglas Jackson-Smith. (2007) "Using Choice Question Formats to Determine Compensable Values: The Case of a Landfill Sitting Process." Ecological Economics, 60(4), 834-846.