Environmental and Resource Economics

, Volume 49, Issue 4, pp 539–559

A Common Nomenclature for Stated Preference Elicitation Approaches


    • Department of EconomicsUniversity of California
    • Centre for the Study of ChoiceUniversity of Technology
  • Jordan J. Louviere
    • Centre for the Study of ChoiceUniversity of Technology
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DOI: 10.1007/s10640-010-9450-x

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Carson, R.T. & Louviere, J.J. Environ Resource Econ (2011) 49: 539. doi:10.1007/s10640-010-9450-x


It is often difficult to determine what actually was done in work involving data collected with stated preference surveys because the terms used to describe various procedures have ambiguous and sometimes conflicting meanings. Further, terms used to describe data collection procedures often are confounded with terms used to describe statistical techniques. We call for the use of a common nomenclature to describe what was done in a data collection effort for stated preference studies, and take a first step at setting out such nomenclature. We only seek to improve clarity in the communication of research results and take no position here on appropriateness of particular procedures.


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