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Economics, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development

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Conference Proceeding

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2016 Agricultural & Applied Economics Association Annual Meeting

Conference Date

July 31-August 2, 2016


Boston, MA, United States


Benefit estimates of water pollution control policies rely heavily on water quality indices. Since the 1970s, these measures of water quality have been used extensively in stated preference surveys to estimate willingness to pay for water quality that is suitable for recreational use. However, there is little empirical evidence of how well these indices correspond to observed recreational behavior. This paper utilizes a unique micro-dataset of individual household recreational use and water quality in a revealed preference framework to explore how well several major water quality indices explain water-based recreational use.

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Q51, Q53, Q57


This is a Selected Paper prepared for presentation at the 2016 Agricultural & Applied Economics Association Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, July 31 - August 2.


Copyright 2016 by Yongjie Ji and David A. Keiser. All rights reserved. Readers may make verbatim copies of this document for non-commercial purposes by any means, provided that this copyright notice appears on all such copies.

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Yongjie Ji and David A. Keiser



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