An experimental validation of hypothetical WTP for a recyclable product
Camacho-Cuena, E., García-Gallego, A., Georgantzis, N. and Sabater-Grande, G. (2004) An experimental validation of hypothetical WTP for a recyclable product. Environmental and Resource Economics, 27 (3). pp. 313-335. ISSN 0924-6460
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Using a within-subject experiment, we compare hypothetical and real willingness to pay (WTP) for an improvement in the recyclability of a product. Subjects are faced with a real payment scenario after they have responded to a hypothetical question. Contrary to most of the results obtained in similar studies, at apopulation level, there are no significant median differences between actual and hypothetical stated values of WTP. However,within-subject comparisons between hypothetical and actual values indicate that subjects stating a low (high) hypothetical WTP tend to underestimate (overestimate) the value of their actual contributions.