Environmental and Resource Economics

, Volume 51, Issue 1, pp 119–140 | Cite as

Willingness to Pay for Ancillary Benefits of Climate Change Mitigation

  • Alberto Longo
  • David Hoyos
  • Anil Markandya


Assessing the Willingness to Pay (WTP) of the general public for climate change mitigation programmes enables governments to understand how much taxpayers are willing to support the implementation of such programs. This paper contributes to the literature on the WTP for climate change mitigation programmes by investigating, in addition to global benefits, the ancillary benefits of climate change mitigation. It does so by considering local and personal benefits arising from climate change policies. The Contingent Valuation Method is used to elicit the WTP for ancillary and global benefits of climate mitigation policies in the Basque Country, Spain. Results show that WTP estimates are 53–73% higher when ancillary benefits are considered.


Willingness to Pay Contingent valuation Ancillary benefits Climate change 

Mathematics Subject Classification (2000)



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Biological SciencesQueen’s University Belfast—UKCRC Centre of Excellence for Public Health (NI), Gibson Institute for Land, Food and the EnvironmentBelfastUK
  2. 2.Department of Applied Economics III (Econometrics and Statistics)University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)BilbaoSpain
  3. 3.BC3. Basque Centre for Climate ChangeBilbaoSpain

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