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What Have We Learned From Twenty Years of Stated Preference Research in Less Developed Countries?

Presenter: Prof. Dale Whittington
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and The Manchester Business School
Time:   Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010, 12:30 to 2:00 P.M.

Location:  MC3-101 (Direction: take NE elevator to the third floor of MC)


Over the past two decades hundreds of stated preference studies have been conducted in less developing countries. In three earlier papers I reported on the body of work from this research and policy enterprise, and offered suggestions on how the quality and implementation of many of these surveys could be improved. In this presentation I will aim to do two things: Reflect on what we have learned on the methodological front from this stated preference work in developing countries. The second is to summarize what we have learned about the preferences of households in developing countries from the empirical findings of these stated preference studies.  I will also comment on what is still missing from the literature, what we would still like to learn.

Presenter's Bio

Dr. Whittington is a Professor of Environmental Sciences & Engineering, and City & Regional Planning, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Professor at the Manchester Business School, Innovation, Management, and Policy Division. Since 1986 he has pioneered the application of stated preference methods, including choice models and contingent valuation surveys, to estimate the demand for public goods in developing countries, with a particular focus on water and sanitation and vaccine policy issues. Prof. Whittington is the author of over 100 publications, including (with Prof. Duncan MacRae) a graduate textbook on public policy analysis, Expert Advice for Policy Choice (Georgetown University Press, 1997). His work has appeared in such journals as Journal of Development Economics, Water Resources Research, Water Policy, World Development, Journal of Policy Analysis & Management, Vaccine, Health Policy, Value in Health, and Health Policy and Planning. He was the lead author of the water and sanitation challenge paper for the 2008 Copenhagen Consensus. Prof. Whittington is currently working for the World Bank on the Nile Basin and Ganges Basin Initiatives.
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