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An economic Valuation of Landscape Changes. An Application of Choice Experiments Method to the Monts d'Arrée Landscape

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  • Jeanne Dachary-Bernard

    (Université de Bordeaux-IV)

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    The Breton landscape of Monts dArrée has experienced extensive changes in recent years, leading local institutions to envisage special landscape measures. In a climate of growing environmental concerns and economic awareness of the landscape issue, the multi-attribute choice method is applied to the economic evaluation of the Monts dArrée landscape. Based on tourists preferences for the areas landscape attributes  expressed by a field survey  we estimate willingness to pay for changes to these attributes (boggy moors, non-traditional building and a landscape of small fields and hedges). The multi-attribute choice evaluation method is presented here with an emphasis on the usefulness of this technique for evaluating a good such as the rural landscape. Certain findings are original in that they bring to light a moor-attribute use conflict between local managers and tourists, which raises the question as to what grounds justify implementing a landscape measure.

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    Article provided by Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques in its journal Economie et Statistique.

    Volume (Year): 373 (2005)
    Issue (Month): (April)
    Pages: 57-80

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    Handle: RePEc:crs:ecosta:es373c

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    Keywords: Economic Valuation; Choice Experiments; Landscape Preferences;

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