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Estimating the value of the reduction in air pollution during the Beijing Olympics

  • Xiaoyan Du (a1) and Robert O. Mendelsohn (a2)

Abstract

This study estimates the willingness-to-pay (WTP) of Beijing residents in order to maintain the improved air quality experienced during the Olympic Games. A double-bounded contingent valuation method is applied to a survey of 566 Beijing residents. The results indicate that the mean annual WTP per household is between CNY 22,000 and 24,000, and the median WTP is around CNY 1,700. The WTP for this actually experienced improvement is significantly higher than the results from previous hypothetical WTP surveys in China.

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Estimating the value of the reduction in air pollution during the Beijing Olympics

  • Xiaoyan Du (a1) and Robert O. Mendelsohn (a2)

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