Applied Environmental Economics: A GIS Approach to by Ian J. Bateman, Andrew A. Lovett, Julii S. Brainard

By Ian J. Bateman, Andrew A. Lovett, Julii S. Brainard

The complicated real-world interactions among the financial system and the surroundings shape either the point of interest of and major barrier to utilized learn in the box of environmental economics. despite the fact that, geographical info structures (GIS) permit economists to take on such complexity head on via at once incorporating varied datasets into utilized learn instead of resorting to simplifying and sometimes unrealistic assumptions. This leading edge booklet applies GIS innovations to spatial cost-benefit research of a posh and topical land use switch problem--the conversion of agricultural land to multipurpose woodland--looking intimately at matters reminiscent of chance charges, trees yield, game, carbon garage, etc.,

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1994) and consequently it was decided to make this an objective of subsequent empirical investigation. Question-ordering effects are considered by Brookshire et al. (1981), Tolley and Randall (1983) and Hoevenagel (1990) who note that a good will elicit a higher WTP response if placed at the top of a list of goods to be evaluated than if it is positioned lower in the order. e. the ‘warm glow’ of contributing to a good cause) rather than being linked to the characteristics of the good under evaluation.

11 Furthermore, from the perspective of land use change, Wales provides a more interesting case study in that its diverse and relatively more adverse environment means that agricultural production is limited to sectors such as sheep-breeding which have been in long-term decline (see Chapter 9) and are therefore potentially more likely to be suitable for conversion to woodland (which has expanded throughout the past century; see Chapter 5). Wales is also interesting from an environmental point of view.

Ii) ‘Good respondents’. Orne (1962) points out that the relationship between analyst and respondent is an interactive process with the interviewee seeking clues as to the purpose of the experiment. e. she will try to be a ‘good respondent’ and give the answers which she feels that the analyst wants. The problem of limited involvement may be assessed by recording and analysing both the numbers of respondents who refuse to take part in the survey and the length of interview. , 1989), resulting in responses which differ from true WTP.

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