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A Choice Modelling Survey of Community Attitudes to Improvements in Environmental Quality in NSW Catchments


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  • Kasia Mazur

    (Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University, Australia)

  • Jeff Bennett

    (Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University, Australia)


The survey was designed to estimate environmental values suitable for integration into MOSAIC, a bio-economic model for catchment and farm level planning. Local residents, as well as distant rural and distant urban communities, were surveyed in three NSW catchments (Lachlan, Namoi and Hawkesbury-Nepean) using choice modelling (CM). The survey aimed to find out respondents’ attitudes about, and preferences for, potential natural resource management (NRM) improvements. In total, 3,997 responses were collected from seven different locations in NSW. Fourteen split samples were established to allow for testing of incentive compatibility in CM, the impact of respondent location on values held, and scale effects. This research report describes the development of the CM questionnaires, the survey design and the data collection process.

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Paper provided by Environmental Economics Research Hub, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University in its series Environmental Economics Research Hub Research Reports with number 0913.

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Date of creation: Jan 2009
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Handle: RePEc:een:eenhrr:0913

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Keywords: Nonmarket valuation; choice modelling; survey; questionnaire design;

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  1. Adamowicz, Wiktor & Swait, Joffre & Boxall, Peter & Louviere, Jordan & Williams, Michael, 1997. "Perceptions versus Objective Measures of Environmental Quality in Combined Revealed and Stated Preference Models of Environmental Valuation," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Elsevier, vol. 32(1), pages 65-84, January.
  2. Hill, Christine M. & Farquharson, Robert J. & Ferrier, Simon & Grieve, Alastair, 2007. "Issues of scale and scope in bio-physical modelling for natural resource management decision making in New South Wales," 2007 Conference (51st), February 13-16, 2007, Queenstown, New Zealand 10427, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
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  1. Tertius Greyling & Jeff Bennett, 2010. "Revegetation of Regent Honeyeater habitat in the Capertee Valley: a Cost-Benefit Analysis," Environmental Economics Research Hub Research Reports 1081, Environmental Economics Research Hub, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University.
  2. Tertius Greyling & Jeff Bennett, 2011. "Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Protection of Malleefowl in the Lachlan Catchment," Environmental Economics Research Hub Research Reports 1099, Environmental Economics Research Hub, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University.
  3. Greyling, Tertius & Bennett, Jeffrey W., 2011. "Protecting the Booroolong Frog in the Namoi Catchment: A Cost-Benefit Analysis," Research Reports 107851, Australian National University, Environmental Economics Research Hub.
  4. Farquharson, Robert J. & Kelly, Jason A. & Welsh, Pam & Mazur, Kasia & Bennett, Jeffrey W., 2009. "Policy responses to invasive native species: issues of social and private benefits and costs," 2009 Conference (53rd), February 11-13, 2009, Cairns, Australia 48157, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.


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