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Cultural differences in environmental valuation


  • Andersen, M.D
  • Kerr, Geoffrey N.
  • Lambert, Simon J.


The application of stated preference non-market valuation approaches in settings where there are strong cultural differences in environmental perspectives potentially misrepresent strengths of preferences for different groups. This paper reports on a study that measured strength of affiliation with traditional Māori identity, strength of connection with nature, and monetary measures of value derived from a choice experiment. The relationships between these three measures are explored to test the alignment of Māori identity with connection to nature, and to test the dependence of monetary valuation on cultural identity and connection with nature. The tests are applied in the context of a case study addressing water management in the Waikato Region.

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  • Andersen, M.D & Kerr, Geoffrey N. & Lambert, Simon J., 2012. "Cultural differences in environmental valuation," 2012 Conference, August 31, 2012, Nelson, New Zealand 136040, New Zealand Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:nzar12:136040

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    1. Awatere, Shaun, 2005. "Can non-market valuation measure indigenous knowledge?," 2005 Conference (49th), February 9-11, 2005, Coff's Harbour, Australia 137775, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
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    1. Miller, Sini & Tait, Peter & Saunders, Caroline, 2015. "Estimating indigenous cultural values of freshwater: A choice experiment approach to Māori values in New Zealand," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 118(C), pages 207-214.
    2. Miller, Sini & Tait, Peter & Saunders, Caroline, 2013. "Scarcity Of Canterbury’s Water: Its Multiple, Conflicting Uses," 2013 Conference, August 28-30, 2013, Christchurch, New Zealand 160269, New Zealand Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
    3. Winthrop, Robert H., 2014. "The strange case of cultural services: Limits of the ecosystem services paradigm," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 108(C), pages 208-214.

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    cultural valuation; environmental valuation; choice modelling; cultural identity; water preservation; Māori values; connectedness to nature; Community/Rural/Urban Development; Environmental Economics and Policy;

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