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Stated Preference Methods for Environmental Valuation: Applications from Austria and Germany

"Ökologie und Wirtschaftsforschung"  · Band 76

324 Seiten ·  36,80 EUR (inklusive MwSt. und Versand)
ISBN 978-3-89518-642-4 (Oktober 2007 )

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The economic valuation of non-market goods is an important issue in thefield of environmental economics. It helps to overcome market failures, to guide policy decisions on sustainable resource use, and it is an essential input for cost-benefit analyses. Yet, surprisingly few scientists have actually applied empirical valuation methods in the German language area.

The book aims at showing the current state of the art in non-market valuation in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. It presents twelve articles which are concerned with various aspects of the application of stated preference methods, i.e., methods that use surveys in order to value non-market goods and services. The papers are assigned to the sections "Contingent Valuation”, "Choice Experiments”, "Comparative Studies” and "Benefit Transfer”.

One objective of the book is to provide policy makers in the German language area with an overview of how valuation methods can be applied. Moreover, it elucidates the strengths and weaknesses of stated preference methods. Equally, the book aims at scientists, as it covers a range of methodological challenges and innovative approaches to tackle these.

Andrea M. Leiter: Estimating WTP with discrete choice models
Peter Elsasser: The neglect of possible disutility as a bias source in the contingent valuation of public goods
David Bothe: The quest for appropriate scenarios: contingent valuation of Icelandic hydropower
Klaus Glenk: A splitsample experiment to test for effects of attribute order in choice experiments
Kerstin Zander, Karin Holm-Müller: Valuing farm animal genetic resources by using a choice ranking method
Claudia Cerda, Jason Diafas, Jan Barkmann, John Mburu, Rainer Marggraf: WTP or WTA, or both?
Sandra Rajmis, Jan Barkmann: Utilisation of grounded theory methodology for the development of a choice experiment: preliminary studies on the insurance value of biodiversity
Nele Lienhoop: Participant behaviour and performance in contingent valuation
Christina Rüffer, Anke Fischer: Metric or ordinal measures of utility in environmental policy-making?
Ulf Liebe, Jürgen Meyerhoff: A sociological perspective on stated willingness to pay
Ulrike Lehr: Bayesian benefit transfer: principles and applications
Jürgen Meyerhoff, Peter Elsasser: A Bibliography of stated preference studies in Austria, Germany and Switzerland

the editors
Dr. Jürgen Meyerhoff
Jürgen Meyerhoff has studied economics at the Free University Berlin and finished his PhD in Environmental Planning at the Technical University Berlin. He is working at the Institute of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at the Technical University Berlin. His research interests are in environmental economics especially economic valuation of ecological goods and services. [weitere Titel]
Peter Elsasser
Peter Elsasser Bundesforschungsanstalt für Forst- und Holzwirtschaft, Institut für Ökonomie, Hamburg [weitere Titel]
Dr. Nele Lienhoop
Nele Lienhoop 2004 PhD in Umweltökonomie, University of Aberdeen seit 1/2005 Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung - UFZ, Permoserstr. 15, 04318 Leipzig [weitere Titel]
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