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Contingent Valuation

A Comprehensive Bibliography and History Richard T. Carson, Professor of Economics, University of California, San Diego, US and Distinguished Research Professor, Centre for the Study of Choice, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
This major reference work – the first of its kind – provides a comprehensive and authoritative introduction to the large and growing literature on contingent valuation. It includes entries on over 7,500 contingent valuation papers and studies from over 130 countries covering both the published and grey literatures.
Extent: 464 pp
Hardback Price: $256.00 Web: $230.40
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 978 1 84064 755 6
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This major reference work – the first of its kind – provides a comprehensive and authoritative introduction to the large and growing literature on contingent valuation. It includes entries on over 7,500 contingent valuation papers and studies from over 130 countries covering both the published and grey literatures.

This book provides an interpretive historical account of the development of contingent valuation, the most commonly used approach to placing a value on goods not normally sold in the marketplace. The major fields catalogued here include culture, the environment, and health application. This bibliography is an ideal starting point for researchers wanting to find other studies that have valued goods or used techniques similar to those they are interested in. For those wanting to conduct meta analyses, the book will serve as an invaluable guide to source material. In addition to the print edition we offer access, for purchasers of the book, to a website providing the contents of as a searchable Word document and in a variety of standard bibliographic database forms.

Contingent Valuation is an indispensable reference source for researchers, scholars and policymakers concerned with survey approaches to the problem of environmental valuation.
‘For those of us who have been involved in willingness to pay studies for some time, Contingent Valuation is a fascinating read, tracking the early development of the method and debates around it from an insider’s perspective. As someone who has not only been involved in contingent valuation research over many years, but who has also been instrumental in shaping it, Richard Carson is the ideal author of this carefully crafted book. . . it is likely to be of considerable interest to students and scholars working in the fields of cultural economics as well. The section on the historical development of contingent valuation gives an interesting insider view of the theory and application of this now-widespread valuation method. The bibliography itself, in both its printed and electronic formats, is a gift to anyone working in the area and is likely to be a key resource for many years to come.’
– Jen Snowball, Journal of Cultural Economics
Contents: Preface The Historical Development of Contingent Valuation Bibliography of Contingent Valuation Papers and Studies