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A contingent grouping approach for stated preferences

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  • Brey, Raul
  • Bergland, Olvar
  • Riera, Pere

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This paper introduces the theoretical and statistical foundations of contingent grouping, a variant of attribute-based stated preference methods, and checks for its implementation difficulty. Respondents are asked to simply group a number of alternatives as better or worse than a baseline or the status quo situation. A Monte Carlo approach shows that it performs statistically better than contingent choice according to the MSE criterion, and worse than contingent ranking, while a case study suggests that contingent grouping is less difficult to answer than contingent ranking. Furthermore, contingent choice shows a greater consistency in preferences with contingent grouping than with contingent ranking.

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  • Brey, Raul & Bergland, Olvar & Riera, Pere, 2011. "A contingent grouping approach for stated preferences," Resource and Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 33(3), pages 745-755, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:resene:v:33:y:2011:i:3:p:745-755
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    1. Brey, Raul & Riera, Pere & Mogas, Joan, 2007. "Estimation of forest values using choice modeling: An application to Spanish forests," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 64(2), pages 305-312, December.
    2. Riera, Pere & Giergiczny, Marek & PeƱuelas, Josep & Mahieu, Pierre-Alexandre, 2012. "A choice modelling case study on climate change involving two-way interactions," Journal of Forest Economics, Elsevier, vol. 18(4), pages 345-354.
    3. Pierre-Alexandre Mahieu & Pere Riera & Raul Brey, 2010. "Testing the cognitive burden of two choice modeling valuation variants. The between and within sample approaches," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 30(2), pages 1384-1391.

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