PhD Seminar (Econ)
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Noise from construction activity can adversely affect the mental and physical health of city residents. In order to estimate the non-market benefits of construction noise abatement, a choice modelling survey was conducted in Singapore. Unlike prior studies, which describe changes to noise levels textually, this survey provided participants with recordings of actual construction noise. The study finds that respondents were willing to pay for a reduction in noise levels, a reduction in the duration of construction activity, and an extension of days when construction activity is prohibited. The study also explores the effect of respondent heterogeneity on the willingness-to-pay for construction noise reduction. Respondents who have already implemented private noise abatement measures are more willing to pay for publicly-provided noise abatement. Furthermore, respondents with more sensitive hearing have higher willingness-to-pay. The results can inform benefit-cost assessments of future policies to abate noise.