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Préférence pour le statu quo dans la méthode des programmes : illustration à partir d'un problème de gestion forestière


  • François Bonnieux
  • Alain Carpentier


Choice experiment provides a smart approach to deal with multidimensional changes since attributes are easily valued using a random utility model. Otherwise, there is empirical evidence that some respondents opt for the status quo regardless their preferences are. Such behaviour, well-known in the literature on referent-dependent preferences, has been quoted in the context of choice experiment but is often ignored in empirical research. A series of specifications derived from the random utility model are proposed to identify and estimate a possible status quo bias. All are estimated on two samples, one sample of visitors of a Mediterranean forest located in Corsica Island and one sample of the local population. Econometric results emphasise the significance of the status quo effect, which has an impact on the reliability of the estimation of attribute effects. The use of latent classes has been relevant to discriminate individuals’ behaviours in order to categorise interviewees according to their preferences.

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  • François Bonnieux & Alain Carpentier, 2007. "Préférence pour le statu quo dans la méthode des programmes : illustration à partir d'un problème de gestion forestière," Revue d'économie politique, Dalloz, vol. 117(5), pages 699-717.
  • Handle: RePEc:cai:repdal:redp_175_0699

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    1. Tina Rambonilaza, 2012. "Demande de séjour touristique en espace rural et vecteurs de valorisation marchande d’aménités naturelles et patrimoniales," Review of Agricultural and Environmental Studies - Revue d'Etudes en Agriculture et Environnement, INRA Department of Economics, vol. 93(4), pages 423-441.
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    3. Pierre-Alexandre Mahieu & Romain Craste & Bengt Kriström & Pere Riera, 2014. "Non-market valuation in France: An overview of the research activity," Working Papers hal-01087365, HAL.


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