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Preferences, inequity and entitlements : some issues from a CVM study of water supply in Madras, India

Anand, P. B. and Perman, Roger (1999) Preferences, inequity and entitlements : some issues from a CVM study of water supply in Madras, India. Journal of International Development, 11 (1). pp. 27-46. ISSN 0954-1748

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Abstract

Improving the urban environment in developing countries is now an emerging priority. In that context, valuation is an important source of information to the policy-makers. This paper discusses the application of a multiple choice contingent valuation method to improvements in water supply in Madras, based on a 1996 survey of households in Madras. It is proposed that property rights regimes for the environmental goods concerned can be incorporated into the valuation framework using Sen's entitlements approach. As a step in that direction, a water endowment function has been defined for households in Madras. Issues for policy and research are raised.