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Preferences and Multiple Use Forest Management

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dc.contributor.author Van Rensburg, Thomas M. en
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-10T14:00:53Z en
dc.date.available 2010-05-10T14:00:53Z en
dc.date.issued 2004 en
dc.identifier.citation Van Rensburg, T.M.,Mill, G.A., Common, M., & Lovett J., (2004) "Preferences and Multiple Use Forest Management" (Working Paper No. 0085) Department of Economics, National University of Ireland, Galway. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10379/992 en
dc.description.abstract This paper offers evidence relevant to the debate regarding the use of stated willingnessto- pay as a guide to public preferences about environmental management, and the possibility that individuals have distinct preferences according to whether a consumer or a citizen viewpoint is adopted. Multiple-use forest management requires some means of comparing market and non-market forest outputs. With this in mind, attempts are found in the economics literature to reveal public preferences for non-market forest outputs in terms of willingness to pay using contingent valuation studies. On the other hand, it has also been argued in the literature that estimated willingness to pay is not an appropriate or reliable way to capture public preferences. Visitors to a UK forest were surveyed and the forest managers were interviewed. In addition to willingness to pay for productive and recreational forest sites with varying non-market outputs, respondents reported on preferences for forest attributes from both a private/consumer and a social/citizen viewpoint. Our results tend to support the hypothesis that individuals express different preferences when adopting a consumer and a citizen viewpoint, and that the latter viewpoint gives more weight to attributes with less direct and obvious visual appeal. Despite this, visitors' willingness-to-pay estimates varied little whether consumer or citizen explanatory variables were used, and visitors' ranking of the sites on this basis differed from the ranking of forest managers. These results suggest that the consumer/citizen distinction is important, and that valuable information regarding public preferences is omitted if willingness-to-pay alone is used as a guide to decision-making. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher National University of Ireland, Galway en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Working Paper;No. 0085 en
dc.subject Willingness-to-pay en
dc.subject Preferences en
dc.subject Citizen en
dc.subject Forest management en
dc.subject Economics en
dc.title Preferences and Multiple Use Forest Management en
dc.type Working Paper en
dc.description.peer-reviewed peer-reviewed en

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