nep-dcm New Economics Papers
on Discrete Choice Models
Issue of 2009‒10‒03
two papers chosen by
Philip Yu
Hong Kong University

  1. The Value of Reducing Cancer Risks at Contaminated Sites: Are More Heavily Exposed People Willing to Pay More? By Anna Alberini; Stefania Tonin; Margherita Turvani
  2. What triggers multiple job holding? An experimental investigation. By Dickey, Heather; Watson, Verity; Zangelidis, Alexandros

  1. By: Anna Alberini (University of Maryland); Stefania Tonin (University IUAV); Margherita Turvani (University IUAV)
    Abstract: We use conjoint choice questions to investigate people’s tastes for cancer risk reductions and income in the context of public programs that would provide for remediation at abandoned industrial contaminated sites. Our survey was self-administered using the computer by persons living in the vicinity of an important contaminated site on the Italian National Priority List. The value of a prevented case of cancer is €2.6 million, but this figure does vary with income, perceived exposure to contaminants, and opinions about priorities that should be pursued by cleanup programs.
    Keywords: Value of a Statistical Case of Cancer, Conjoint Choice Experiments, Contaminated Sites, Abandoned Sites, Reuse, Remediation
    JEL: J17 I18 K32 Q51 Q53
    Date: 2009–07
  2. By: Dickey, Heather; Watson, Verity; Zangelidis, Alexandros
    Abstract: This paper presents an empirical examination of individuals’ motivations for multiple-job holding or moonlighting. Theoretical models of moonlighting suggest that individuals to hold a second job for either financial reasons (they face hours-constraints in their first job) or non-pecuniary motives (heterogeneous jobs). We assess the relative importance of these reasons using a purposefully collected stated preference data set. We find that individuals respond to financial constraints by having multiple-jobs, but these financial motives are not sufficient to explain moonlighting. We also find that individuals are attracted to the non-pecuniary aspects of the second jobs, such as job satisfaction and entrepreneurial opportunities. Furthermore, we find evidence that second job holding may be a hedging strategy against job insecurity in the primary job. Our empirical results contribute to a better understanding of this labour market behaviour.
    Keywords: Multiple-job holding; discrete choice experiment
    JEL: J22
    Date: 2009–09

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