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Utilisation of Grounded Theory Methodology for the development of a Choice Experiment: Preliminary studies  on the insurance value of biodiversity
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Utilisation of Grounded Theory Methodology for the development of a Choice Experiment: Preliminary studies on the insurance value of biodiversity

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(October 2007)

 
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Abstract:

Based on the ecological insurance hypothesis, ecologists and environmental economists stress the importance of biological diversity for maintaining ecosystem resilience. We conducted extensive qualitative preliminary studies on respondent perceptions of different aspects related to the ecological insurance hypothesis using the Grounded Theory Methodology (GTM). Insights from the qualitative research helped to design a Choice Experiment (CE) instrument intended to be used for valuing the biological diversity of the Hainich forest (Thuringia), the largest coherent deciduous forest in Germany. We discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using GTM for the qualitative phase of stated preference valuations studies of potentially unfamiliar environmental goods.

KEYWORDS: Grounded Theory Methodology, insurance services of biodiversity, perception of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning


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Jan Barkmann

, Department für Agrarökonomie und Rurale Entwicklung, Arbeitsbereich Umwelt- und Ressourcenökonomik, Georg-August-Universität. Platz der Göttinger Sieben 5, D-37073 Göttingen

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Sandra Rajmis

, Department für Agrarökonomie und Rurale Entwicklung, Arbeitsbereich Umwelt- und Ressourcenökonomik, Georg-August-Universität. Platz der Göttinger Sieben 5, D-37073 Göttingen