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Estimating the value of improved street lighting: A factor analytical discrete choice approach

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Ken Willis, Dr Neil Adrian Powe, Professor Guy Garrod

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Abstract

This paper investigates the benefits of improved street lights to households, associated with the replacement of low-pressure sodium orange/yellow street lights with high-pressure sodium white street lights. Improved street lighting provides higher luminosity, improved colour rendition and less light pollution into the night sky. Benefits include reductions in crime and road accidents, streetscape enhancements and increased amenity attributable to less light pollution. The benefit estimation uses a double-bounded discrete choice contingent valuation approach, incorporating a factor analytical procedure. Results reveal safety concerns as the main factor influencing willingness-to-pay and that considerable differences exist in willingness-to-pay between households in urban and rural areas. © 2005 The Editors of Urban Studies.


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Author(s): Willis KG, Powe NA, Garrod GD

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Urban Studies

Year: 2005

Volume: 42

Issue: 12

Pages: 2289-2303

Print publication date: 01/11/2005

ISSN (print): 0042-0980

ISSN (electronic): 1360-063X

Publisher: Sage Publications

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00420980500332106

DOI: 10.1080/00420980500332106


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