Spatial heterogeneity of willingness to pay for forest management



Czajkowski M, Budzinski W, Campbell D, Giergiczny M & Hanley N (2017) Spatial heterogeneity of willingness to pay for forest management. Environmental and Resource Economics, 68 (3), pp. 705-727.

The paper investigates the spatial heterogeneity of public’s preferences for the implementation of a new country-wide forest management and protection program in Poland. Spatial econometric methods and high resolution geographical information system data related to forest characteristics are used to explain the variation in individual-specific willingness to pay (WTP) values, derived from a discrete choice experiment study. We find that respondents’ WTP is higher the closer they live to their nearest forest, and the scarcer forests are in the area where they live. Interestingly, the higher the ecological value of forests in respondents’ area, the more people prefer extending areas of national forest protection. We also investigate spatial patterns in individual-specific WTP scores and in latent class membership probabilities, finding that preferences are indeed spatially clustered. We argue that this clustering should be taken into account in forest management and policy-making.

discrete choice experiment; contingent valuation; willingness to pay; Spatial heterogeneity of preferences; forest management; passive protection; litter; tourist infrastructure; mixed logit; Kriging; spatial-lag

Environmental and Resource Economics: Volume 68, Issue 3

Publication date30/11/2017
Publication date online08/07/2016
Date accepted by journal11/06/2016

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Professor Danny Campbell

Professor Danny Campbell

Professor, Economics