Modeling 'No-Choice' Responses in Attribute Based Valuation Surveys

31 Pages Posted: 19 May 2005

See all articles by A. T. de Blaeij

A. T. de Blaeij

Utrecht University - Faculty of Geographical Sciences

Paulo A. L. D. Nunes

University of Padua - Dipartimento Territorio e Sistemi Agro Forestali (TeSAF)

Jeroen C. J. M. van den Bergh

VU University Amsterdam - Department of Spatial Economics

Date Written: May 2005

Abstract

We examine the impact of providing a "no-choice" option in an attribute based valuation experiment. The aim of the experiment was to assess monetary values of cockle fishery management practices in the Dutch Wadden Sea for different stakeholder groups, namely Dutch citizens, local residents, and tourists. The current policy debate about the management of the Wadden Sea stresses the fact that individual preferences with respect to cockle-fishery differ. The aim of this paper is to analyze the individual preferences in an objective way. Special attention is given to the influence of including a "no-choice option", which is analyzed using a nested logit model. We test whether the full set of policy options can be considered as close substitutes. The estimation results show that the influence of including the no choice option differs among the stakeholders considered.

Keywords: Stakeholder valuation, Stated choice method, Multinomial logit model, Binary logit model

JEL Classification: C25, C29, Q22, Q25, Q51

Suggested Citation

de Blaeij, Arianne T. and Dias Nunes, Paulo Augusto and van den Bergh, Jeroen C.J.M., Modeling 'No-Choice' Responses in Attribute Based Valuation Surveys (May 2005). FEEM Working Paper No. 64.05. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=722361 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.722361

Arianne T. De Blaeij (Contact Author)

Utrecht University - Faculty of Geographical Sciences ( email )

Postbus 80.115
3508 TC Utrecht
Netherlands

Paulo Augusto Dias Nunes

University of Padua - Dipartimento Territorio e Sistemi Agro Forestali (TeSAF) ( email )

Legnaro, Padova 35020
Italy

Jeroen C.J.M. Van den Bergh

VU University Amsterdam - Department of Spatial Economics ( email )

De Boelelaan 1105
Faculty of Economics and Econometrics
1081HV Amsterdam
Netherlands

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