Valuing Remnant Vegetation in Central Queensland Using Choice Modelling

The Australian Journal of Agricultural & Resource Economics, Vol. 44, No. 3, September 2000

Posted: 20 Nov 2000

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Russell Blamey

Australian National University (ANU) - Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS)

John Rolfe

Central Queensland University (CQUniversity) - Business & Law

Jeff Bennett

Crawford School of Public Policy

Mark Morrison

Charles Sturt University

Abstract

In the Desert Uplands region of Central Queensland, many pastoralists are clearing vegetation in order to improve cattle grazing production. A choice modelling study was undertaken to provide estimates of the benefits of retaining remnant vegetation that are appropriate for inclusion in a cost benefit analysis of tighter clearing restrictions. Attributes included in the choice model were reductions in the population size of non-threatened species, the number of endangered species lost to the region, and changes in regional income and employment. A nested logit model was used to model the data in order to avoid violations of the independence of irrelevant alternatives condition. The estimated benefits are reported for several tree clearing policy regimes that are more stringent than those currently applied.

Suggested Citation

Blamey, Russell and Rolfe, John and Bennett, Jeff W and Morrison, Mark, Valuing Remnant Vegetation in Central Queensland Using Choice Modelling. The Australian Journal of Agricultural & Resource Economics, Vol. 44, No. 3, September 2000, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=241295

Russell Blamey

Australian National University (ANU) - Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS)

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

John Rolfe (Contact Author)

Central Queensland University (CQUniversity) - Business & Law ( email )

Australia

Jeff W Bennett

Crawford School of Public Policy ( email )

ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
J.G. Crawford Building, #132, Lennox Crossing
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

Mark Morrison

Charles Sturt University ( email )

Panorama Avenue
Room: C2
Bathurst NSW 2795
Australia
(02) 6338 4253 (Phone)
(02) 6338 4769 (Fax)

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