Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Papers,
Swedish National Road & Transport Research Institute (VTI)

No 2007:14: Private and Public WTP for Safety - A Validity Test

Henrik Andersson ()
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Henrik Andersson: VTI, Postal: Dept. of Transport Economics, P.O. Box 55685, SE-102 15 Stockholm, Sweden

Abstract: To elicit an affected population's preferences for, e.g., better health or environment stated preference (SP) methods are often used. SP methods are based on hypothetical market settings which necessitates validity tests of the results. This study describes a validity test on the basis of theoretical predictions and empirical findings for private and public safety measures. According to the test, public willingness to pay (WTP) should exceed private WTP.

Keywords: Private; Public; Safety paternalism; Stated preferences; Willingness to pay

JEL-codes: D61; D64; I10

8 pages, October 19, 2007

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