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Non-market valuation for environmental and health policy in Mexico

de Lima, Marcelo Rocha (2016) Non-market valuation for environmental and health policy in Mexico. PhD thesis, The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

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Abstract

This thesis contains five studies that make use of non-market valuation techniques and of data collected in Mexico to make methodological and policy contributions to the field. In the order that they are presented in the thesis these are: * a contingent valuation study, based on data collected face-to-face of a representative sample of the population of Mexico City, to calculate a value of statistical life for Mexico and make an assessment of whether the benefit-transfer values that have been and continue to be used in the country are appropriate for policy-making; * a study that uses data collected online on whether the type of organisation sponsoring a contingent valuation survey affects the amount participants say they are willing to pay for the good being valued (in this case mortality risk reductions), all else equal; * a study that uses the same dataset to consider the relationship between trust in institutions and other forms of social capital and contingent valuation results; * an hedonic pricing analysis that makes use of several datasets (including high-resolution property data that is not in the public domain) and seeks to improve on previous attempts at applying this method in a developing country context (jointly using spatial econometrics and an instrumental variables approach); and * a short study on whether there is a relationship between air quality, social capital and subjective wellbeing in Mexico City.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Additional Information: © 2016 Marcelo Rocha de Lima
Library of Congress subject classification: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Supervisor: Groom, Ben and Mourato, Susana
URI: http://etheses.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/3424

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