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Combining Discrete and Continuous Representations of Preference Heterogeneity: A Latent Class Approach

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  • Angel Bujosa

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  • Antoni Riera
  • Robert Hicks

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This paper investigates heterogeneity in preferences for forest recreators in Mallorca, Spain. We develop a latent class approach combining discrete and continuous representations of tastes and compare it with the conventional latent class and random parameter logit approaches. We investigate the performance of the discrete-continuous model by comparing welfare estimates and predictive accuracy. The discrete-continuous model outperforms latent class and mixed logit approaches when comparing goodness-of-fit and in- sample site-choice forecasts. We find that the discrete-continuous model for preference heterogeneity reveals variation among individuals' preferences and WTP, and for some policy changes our results reveal striking differences in means and distributions of WTP.

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Article provided by European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists in its journal Environmental and Resource Economics.

Volume (Year): 47 (2010)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 477-493

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Keywords: Travel cost method; Recreation demand; Random parameter model; Latent class model; Forests;

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