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Journal of Zhejiang University SCIENCE A 2011 Vol.12 No.9 P.710-719


Measuring the value of water quality improvements in Lake Tai, China

Author(s):  Wei-wen Zhang

Affiliation(s):  Department of Land Management, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310029, China

Corresponding email(s):   wwzh@zju.edu.cn

Key Words:  Water quality, Willingness to pay (WTP), Contingent valuation (CV), Lake Tai

Wei-wen Zhang. Measuring the value of water quality improvements in Lake Tai, China[J]. Journal of Zhejiang University Science A, 2011, 12(9): 710-719.

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Despite widespread concerns and elevated policy debates, little is known about the Chinese public’s perceptions of water pollution and willingness to cooperate with government policies. Based on survey data, this study examined lake Tai resident perception of water pollution, willingness to pay (WTP) for water quality improvements, and its influencing factors. contingent valuation (CV) results showed that respondents would prefer to pay 141 CNY per household a year, approximately 0.70% of their annual per capita disposable income, as an environmental fee to improve water quality in lake Tai. Aggregate WTP for all five lakeside cities of lake Tai was estimated at about 3.8 billion CNY, without discounts, in the next ten years. WTP was found to increase with income and female respondents were willing to pay more than males. Those respondents who were dissatisfied with water quality were more likely to pay more. The usage of lake Tai did not strongly affect WTP.

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