Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Agricultural and Resource Economics Review

Volume

39

Issue

1

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

Publication Date

2-2010

First Page

37

Last Page

55

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1017/S1068280500001817

Abstract

Willingness to pay (WTP) estimation typically involves some strategy for mapping nondichotomous contingent valuation (CV) responses onto a dichotomous yes/no dependent variable. We propose a new approach to selecting which responses qualify as ‘yes.’ We apply the proposed method to polychotomous CV data for preventative land management programs in the Great Basin. We also estimate WTP using other methods of response recoding found in the literature. By contrasting the results under different approaches, we demonstrate how and why WTP point estimates vary across recoding methods and discuss the comparative advantages of our more generalized recoding approach that is based on predicted probabilities of ‘yes’ responses.

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