Rural communities and wind farms: a contingent valuation investigation

Simone Cerroni, Lorenzo Venzi

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Using the contingent valuation method, this study investigates the preferences of local people for a wind farm that is planned in the Province of Rome. We estimate the reductions in their bimonthly electrical bills over a period of time that respondents are willing to accept as compensation for the installation of the wind farm. Our results suggest that respondents who perceive that the wind farm generates substantial negative impacts on landscape beauty ask higher reductions than others, while respondents who believe that the wind farm produces economic benefits for local communities ask lower reductions than others. Finally, we find that the demand for compensative measures is influenced particularly by socio-economic factors such as age and education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-40
Number of pages18
JournalRivista di Economia Agraria
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • renewable energy
  • wind farms
  • rural communities
  • stated preference
  • contingent valuation
  • willingness to accept


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