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

P. B. Anand, Roger Perman

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-46
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of International Development
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 1999


  • contingent valuation
  • property rights
  • water management and supply
  • urbanisation
  • development economics

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