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Testing transferability of willingness to pay for forest fire prevention among three states of California, Florida and Montana

John B. Loomis, , John.Loomis@colostate.edu Hung Trong Le, , hungtl03@yahoo.com Armando Gonzales-Caban, ,
 
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John B. Loomis, Hung Trong Le and Armando Gonzales-Caban (2005), "Testing transferability of willingness to pay for forest fire prevention among three states of California, Florida and Montana", Journal of Forest Economics: Vol. 11: No. 3, pp 125-140. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jfe.2005.07.003

Published: 01 Dec 2005
© 0 2005 John B. Loomis, Hung Trong Le, Armando Gonzales-Caban
 
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JEL Codes:Q260Q230
Benefits transferContingent valuationMechanical fuel reductionPrescribed burning
 

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In this article:
Introduction
Hypothesis tests on response rate and protest responses
WTP model and related hypothesis tests
Survey design
Data collection and survey mode
Response rate analysis
Refusal to pay analysis
Statistical analysis of willingness to pay responses
Testing equality of variable coefficients across states for the two programs
Mean willingness to pay comparison across states
Conclusion and policy implication

Abstract

The equivalency of willingness to pay between the states of California, Florida and Montana is tested. Residents in California, Florida and Montana have an average willingness to pay of $417, $305, and $382 for prescribed burning program, and $403, $230, and $208 for mechanical fire fuel reduction program, respectively. Due to wide confidence intervals, household WTP in the three states are not statistically different. Over all tests, there is mixed evidence on transferability, but California and Montana WTP are similar to each other for prescribed burning and Florida and Montana have similar values for the mechanical fuel reduction.

DOI:10.1016/j.jfe.2005.07.003