What economic value do Albertans place on containing Chronic Wasting Disease?

  • Author / Creator
    Forbes, Keldi
  • This study was undertaken to examine the economic value of government sponsored control programs to limit the levels of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Alberta. Respondents’ knowledge, attitudes and preferences concerning aspects of CWD including control methods were also addressed. Employing an attribute based stated preference survey combined with contingent valuation style analysis, the study estimated households’ economic value or willingness to pay (WTP) through a 10 year income tax increase for control programs with varying outcomes in terms of disease spread and prevalence levels. The study found that as a whole Albertans are concerned about the disease and willing to commit money to fighting it. That being said, the levels of concern, as well as the economic value vary widely amongst several distinct groups.

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    Fall 2011
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    Master of Science
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