2017-01-15 – 'Understanding the distribution of economic benefits from improving coastal and marine ecosystems' forthcoming in Science of the Total Environment
We show how to use hybrid choice models framework to account for respondents' preference heterogeneity which can be linked to their socio-demographic characteristics. The application looks at value of reaching Good Ecological Status of Latvian marine waters.
2017-01-07 – 'Choosing a functional form for an international benefit transfer: Evidence from a nine-country valuation experiment' forthcoming in Ecological Economics
We point to choosing a particular functional form as an important factor influencing the performance of benefit transfer. The fact that using value transfers adjusted for income elasticity outperforms function transfers in our and a few other studies is an indication that function transfers do not typically pay necessary attention to mathematical functional form and there is currently no theory available to guide researchers in deciding what the relationship is between two sites based on data observed within one site only, particularly if the sites differ in income or other characteristics.
2016-10-13 – 'Public Acceptability of Climate Change Mitigation Policies: A Discrete Choice Experiment' forthcoming in Climate Policy
We examine the public acceptability of the EU’s future climate change mitigation policies looking at emission reduction targets, burden sharing across the EU Member States, the distribution of costs within each country, and cost to households. Our results reveal stark differences in preferences between the analysed countries.
2016-10-05 – '5’th Workshop on Discrete Choice Modelling, Warsaw, 2016'
We are organizing the next event in this series at the University of Warsaw. You can acsess the program and the presentations from here.
2016-06-19 – 'Preference and WTP stability for public forest management' forthcoming in Forest Policy and Economics
We test for the stability of preferences and WTP for attributes of forest management both within one survey and between two different moments of time. We reject the strictest test of the equivalence of WTP distributions. However, we also find that respondents' mean WTP is fairly stable and differences are mainly driven by the changes in variances and imperfect correlations of individual-specific WTP.
2016-06-17 – 'Sad or Happy? The effects of emotions on stated preferences for environmental goods' forthcoming in Environmental and Resource Economics
Do experimentally inducied incidental emotions affect human choices and values observed in discrete choice experiments? We find – not so much.
2016-06-11 – 'Spatial heterogeneity of willingness to pay for forest management' forthcoming in Environmental and Resource Economics.
What is the spatial heterogeneity of public’s preferences for the implementation of a new country-wide forest management and protection program in Poland? We use spatial econometric methods and high resolution GIS data related to forest characteristics in respondents' locations to find out how they influence individual-specific WTP values, derived from a DCE study.
2016-05-31 – 'Is the income elasticity of the willingness to pay for pollution control constant?' forthcoming in Environmental and Resource Economics.
The paper explores both theoretically and empirically whether or not the willingness to pay for pollution control varies with income. Our model indicates that the income elasticity of the marginal WTP for pollution reduction is only constant under very restrictive conditions. Our empirical analysis employs a multi-country contingent valuation study of eutrophication reduction in the Baltic Sea and finds that the elasticity is not constant. This has implications for how Benefits Transfer exercises, and for theoretical explanations of the Environmental Kuznets Curve.
2016-02-02 – 'Valuing the benefits of improved marine environmental quality under multiple stressors' forthcoming in Science of the Total Environment.
We estimate the benefits to people in Estonia resulting from reductions in pressure from multiple stressors in the Baltic Sea. The main results show that, (1) respondents have a positive WTP to reduce each of the stressors analysed, (2) the average WTP for achieving Good Environmental Status is around 65 euro per household per year, and (3) the greatest share of value of this total economic benefit is derived from the reductions in the risk of large scale oil and chemical spills.