In this paper, we test whether the time it takes for a submitted paper to be accepted by the editor(s) is sensitive to the stated preference method used. Two methods are considered: the Contingent Valuation (CV) and the Choice Experiments (CE). A meta-analysis based on a sample of 129 papers published in Resource and Energy Economics, Ecological Economics and Environmental and Resource Economics between 2005 and 2011 is conducted. The dependent variable in the ordinary least squares regression model is the number of days between the submission of the paper and the acceptance of the paper, referred to as Time for Publication Acceptance, or TPA. The main results are that TPA is lower for CE papers than CV papers, especially for those that aim at improving the method which can be interpreted as a higher academic demand in the CE field. However, a convergence is observed over the years.
The time to publication is 68% lower for choice experiment papers. My theory is that choice experiments don't need to jump through the same narrow hoops that CVM papers must. Here is a previous rant on this subject.
Here is the first paragraph:
Adamowicz (2004) provided an overview of the future directions that the academic demand in the environmental valuation field may take by examining the number of publications between 1975 and 2003 for several valuation methods. According to the author, “the most significant advance in environmental valuation may be to move away from a focus on value and focus instead on choice behaviour and data that generate information on choices” (page 439). It implies that the Choice Experiments (CE) method may become more popular than the Contingent Valuation (CV). Whitehead (2011) confirmed such shift in the academic demand by examining the number of papers published between 1989 and 2010 for each method using the ISI database.
The authors refer to this post: http://www.env-econ.net/2011/06/contingent-valuation-vs-choice-experiments-1989-2011.html. Amazing that.
Romain Crastes and Pierre-Alexandre Mahieu, (2014) ''Contingent valuation versus choice experiments: a meta-analysis application exploring the determinants of the time for publication acceptance'', Economics Bulletin, Vol. 34 No. 3 pp. 1575-1599.