Rural Amenity Values and Length of Residency

Posted: 24 Oct 2003

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Robert J. Johnston

University of Connecticut - College of Agricultural, Health and Natural Resources

Stephen K. Swallow

University of Rhode Island - Department of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

Timothy J. Tyrrell

University of Rhode Island - Department of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

Dana Marie Bauer

University of Rhode Island - Department of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

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Abstract

New residents of rural communities are often assumed to have preferences for development and conservation that differ from those of longer-term residents. However, the literature offers little to quantify presumed preference heterogeneity. This article assesses whether stated preferences differ according to length of residency. Results are based on a conjoint (choice experiment) survey of Rhode Island rural residents. Heterogeneity - according to length of town residency - is modeled using dummy variables, multiplicative interactions, and Lagrangian interpolation polynomials. Results are compared across the three models, and identify a range of attributes for which willingness to pay depends on length of residency.

Suggested Citation

Johnston, Robert J. and Swallow, Stephen K. and Tyrrell, Timothy J. and Bauer, Dana Marie, Rural Amenity Values and Length of Residency. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 85, pp. 1000-1015, November 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=457781

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Stephen K. Swallow

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Timothy J. Tyrrell

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Dana Marie Bauer

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