JOURNAL OF NATURAL RESOURCES ›› 2013, Vol. 28 ›› Issue (3): 402-409.doi: 10.11849/zrzyxb.2013.03.005

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A Study on the Disparity of WTP and WTA of the Basin’s Willingness to Compensate:Based on the Residents’CVM Investigation in the Middle Liaohe Drainage Basin

XU Da-wei, LIU Chun-yan, CHANG Liang   

  1. Faculty of Management and Economics, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024, China
  • Received:2012-04-10 Revised:2012-09-10 Online:2013-03-20 Published:2013-03-20


How to promulgate the stakeholders’real willingness to eco-compensate is not only a difficult problem of ecosystem service payment research, but also a key to the question of policy formulation by the government and administrative departments on ecological compensation. However, the disparity of WTP and WTA was a hot spot in this research area. The objects of this research were the seven cities in the middle Liaohe Drainage Basin such as Benxi, Shenyang, Anshan, Fushun, Chaoyang and Chifeng. The method used in this paper is known as contingent valuation method. We estimated a resident’s WTP was 59.39 yuan per capita per year and WTA was 248.56 yuan per capita per year for protecting basin ecological environment and water resources by simultaneously measuring the same respondent’s WTP and WTA, which can examine his or her real compensation wish. Using regression method, we analyzed that the main cause for the disparity of WTP and WTA was the income levels of the respondents, on this basis we gave out appropriate policy recommendations.

Key words: economics of population, resources and environment, basin ecological compensation, Contingent Valuation Method(CVM), willingness to pay(WTP), willingness to accept (WTA)

CLC Number: 

  • X171.1