Article

Models of Site-choice for Walks in Rural Ireland: Exploring Cost Heterogeneity

Citation

Doherty E, Campbell D & Hynes S (2013) Models of Site-choice for Walks in Rural Ireland: Exploring Cost Heterogeneity. Journal of Agricultural Economics, 64 (2), pp. 446-466. https://doi.org/10.1111/1477-9552.12002

Abstract
Farmland can confer significant public good benefits to society aside from its role in agricultural production. In this article, we investigate preferences of rural residents for the use of farmland as a recreational resource. In particular, we use a choice experiment to determine preferences for the development of farmland walking trails. Our modelling approach uses a series of mixed logit models to assess the impact of alternative distributional assumptions for the cost coefficient on the welfare estimates associated with the provision of the trails. Our results reveal that using a mixture of discrete and continuous distributions to represent cost heterogeneity leads to a better model fit and lower welfare estimates. Our results further reveal that Irish rural residents show positive preferences for the development of farmland walking trails in the Irish countryside.

Keywords
Choice experiments; farmland recreation; non-market valuation; preference heterogeneity; random parameters logit; welfare estimates Q26; Q51

Journal
Journal of Agricultural Economics: Volume 64, Issue 2

StatusPublished
Publication date30/06/2013
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/15635
PublisherWiley-Blackwell for the Agricultural Economics Society
ISSN0021-857X