Willingness-to-pay for reliable piped-water services: Evidence from urban Ghana

Amoah, Anthony and Moffatt, Peter (2021) Willingness-to-pay for reliable piped-water services: Evidence from urban Ghana. Environmental Economics and Policy Studies, 23 (4). pp. 805-829. ISSN 1867-383X

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The primary objective of this research is to estimate the willingness to pay in Ghana for reliable piped water services. Three competing economic valuation approaches are used to do this: the contingent valuation method (CVM), the hedonic pricing method (HPM) and the travel cost method (TCM). These methods allow for easy robustness tests of the estimates and serves as an improvement on previous research. Using survey data from a sample of 1,650 urban households, we obtain estimates of the willingness of households to pay every month for urban piped water services of: GHS 47.80 or US$15.25 (CVM), GHS 44.73 or US$14.27 (HPM) and GHS 22.72 or US$725 (TCM). Such sums account for 3–8% of household income. These empirical calculations are then used to inform policy choices by determining the economic viability of the participation of the private sector in the water sector in Ghana.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: contingent valuation,hedonic pricing,piped water,travel cost,willingness to pay,economics and econometrics,management, monitoring, policy and law ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2000/2002
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Centres > Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Applied Econometrics And Finance
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Behavioural Economics
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Centres > Norwich Institute for Healthy Aging
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2021 00:59
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2023 00:49
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/79187
DOI: 10.1007/s10018-021-00303-z

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