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Choice Experiments Informing Environmental Policy

A European Perspective Edited by Ekin Birol, Research Fellow, Markets, Trade and Institutions Division, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC, US and Phoebe Koundouri, Associate Professor in Economics, DIEES, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece
This innovative book is a compilation of state-of-the-art choice experiment studies undertaken in several European Union (EU) countries, including Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom. The case studies presented concern a variety of environmental, agricultural and natural resource issues – such as the management of water resources, forests and agricultural landscapes; conservation of biodiversity and cultural heritage; noise pollution reduction and food labeling. The book highlights how the choice experiment method can be employed to inform efficient and effective design and implementation of various EU level agricultural and environmental policies and directives, including the Common Agricultural Policy, Water Framework Directive, Forestry Strategy, Habitats Directive and food labeling systems.
Extent: 368 pp
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Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 978 1 84542 725 2
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Behavioural and Experimental Economics
  • Environmental Economics
  • Valuation
  • Environment
  • Environmental Economics
  • Valuation
This innovative book is a compilation of state-of-the-art choice experiment studies undertaken in several European Union (EU) countries, including Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom. The case studies presented concern a variety of environmental, agricultural and natural resource issues – such as the management of water resources, forests and agricultural landscapes; conservation of biodiversity and cultural heritage; noise pollution reduction and food labeling. The book highlights how the choice experiment method can be employed to inform efficient and effective design and implementation of various EU level agricultural and environmental policies and directives, including the Common Agricultural Policy, Water Framework Directive, Forestry Strategy, Habitats Directive and food labeling systems.

This book will be of great interest to researchers working in the fields of environmental, natural resource and agricultural economics. Academics and graduate students worldwide, as well as applied economists working in international and national organizations, would benefit from the cutting edge choice experiment applications presented in this book. International and national policy makers will also benefit from the information on the use and usefulness of the choice experiment method in informing efficient and effective environmental, agricultural and natural resource management policy making.
‘. . . a text detailing several recent, state-of-the-art choice experiment studies in European Union countries is valuable for illustrating the usefulness of the method for informing environmental policy. . . Birol and Koundouri have admirably compiled an array of case studies that provide relevant information for European environmental, agricultural, natural resource management and food policy, and that also offer a number of advances in the application and analysis of the CEM. The text is suitable for academics and graduate students with an interest in current applications of stated preference methods and for policy-makers interested in understanding people’s preferences for environmental quality. . .’
– Bethany Cooper, Australasian Journal of Environmental Management

‘This volume provides an assessment of the literature on environmental valuation in Europe. It outlines some of the key environmental policy issues facing European Union countries and provides information on preferences and values associated with policy options. It also provides a set of state of the art examples of preference elicitation and analysis. This volume will be of interest to a variety of audiences. The book provides insights that will be useful to policy makers interested in understanding the public’s preferences for environmental quality and it will be useful to academics and graduate students interested in cutting edge applications of stated preference methods.’
– Wictor Adamowicz, University of Alberta, Canada
Contributors: V. Adamowicz, J. Bennett, E. Birol, D. Campbell, M. Christie, S. Colombo, J. Dachary-Bernard, N. Hanley, P. Horne, W.G. Hutchinson, H. Johns, K. Karousakis, A. Kontoleon, P. Koundouri, Y. Kountouris, E. López, M.L. Loureiro, J. Mogas, P.A.L.D. Nunes, E. Özdemiroglu, P. Riera, R. Scarpa, C.M. Travisi, M. Yabe
Contents:

Foreword
W.L. (Vic) Adamowicz

1. Introduction
Ekin Birol and Phoebe Koundouri

2. Applications of the Choice Experiment Method in Europe: A Review
Ekin Birol, Phoebe Koundouri and Yiannis Kountouris

3. Using Mixed Logit Models to Derive Individual-Specific WTP Estimates for Landscape Improvements under Agri-environmental Schemes: Evidence from the Rural Environment Protection Scheme in Ireland
Danny Campbell, W. George Hutchinson and Riccardo Scarpa

4. Economic Valuation of Environmental Impacts in the Severely Disadvantaged Areas in England
Helen Johns, Nick Hanley, Sergio Colombo and Ece Őzdemiroğlu

5. How Can Choice Experiments Inform Public Environmental Policies: A French Case Study of Landscape Valuation
Jeanne Dachary-Bernard

6. Valuing Preferences towards Cultural Landscapes and Rural Heritage: A Perspective from Northern Spain
Maria L. Loureiro and Edelmiro López

7. Latent Market Segmentation Analysis of Choice Experiment Data and Implications for the EU’s GM Labelling Policy?
Andreas Kontoleon and Mitsuyasu Yabe

8. Use of Choice Experiments in Assessing the Role of Policy Instruments in Social Acceptability of Forest Biodiversity Conservation in Southern Finland
Paula Horne

9. Value Inference Using Contingent Valuation and Choice Experiments in the Spanish Forests
Pere Riera, Joan Mogas and Jeff Bennett

10. Evaluation of Heterogeneous Preferences for Forest Recreation in the UK Using Choice Experiments
Michael Christie and Nick Hanley

11. Using a Choice Experiment to Inform Implementation of the European Union Water Framework Directive: The Case of Cheimaditida Wetland in Greece
Ekin Birol, Katia Karousakis and Phoebe Koundouri

12. Using the Choice Experiment Method to Inform River Management in Poland: Flood Risk Reduction versus Habitat Conservation in the Upper Silesia Region
Ekin Birol, Phoebe Koundouri and Yiannis Kountouris

13. Enjoy the Silence: Valuing Rail Noise Abatement in Trento, Italy
Paulo A.L.D. Nunes and Chiara Maria Travisi

14. Concluding Remarks and Future Directions
Ekin Birol and Phoebe Koundouri

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