Date of Award:

7-23-2012

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Economics and Finance

Advisor/Chair:

Arthur Caplan

Abstract

In this thesis we provide a theoretical framework for a dichotomous-choice contingent valuation survey for plastic and reusable shopping bags and consequential analysis of that data. By using interval regression analysis, a mean willingness to pay for continued use of plastic grocery bags and a mean willingness to accept to use reusable bags for all grocery shopping trips are estimated. The subsidy level was statistically robust while the tax level was not; this led us to the conclusion as cited from previous studies that people are very elastic to a plastic bag tax, and consequently a small tax provides tremendous consumptive declines.

Comments

This work made publicly available electronically on July 30, 2012.

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