Exploring Scale Effects of Best/Worst Rank Ordered Choice Data to Estimate Benefits of Tourism in Alpine Grazing Commons

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American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2011, 93 (3), pp. 813 - 828
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In many environmental valuation applications standard sample sizes for choice modelling surveys are impractical to achieve. One can improve data quality using more in-depth surveys administered to fewer respondents.We report on a study using high quality rank-ordered data elicited with the bestworst approach. The resulting exploded logit choice model, estimated on 64 responses per person, was used to study the willingness to pay for external benefits by visitors for policies which maintain the cultural heritage of alpine grazing commons.We find evidence supporting this approach and reasonable estimates of mean WTP, which appear theoretically valid and policy informative.
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