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Public values for improved water security for domestic and environmental use


  • Jill Windle

    () (Centre for Environmental Management, Central Queensland University, Australia)

  • John Rolfe

    () (Faculty of Business and Informatics, Queensland University, Australia)

  • Roy Brouwer

    (Institute of Environmental Studies (IVM))


Metrics for evaluating environmental trade-offs can be developed with varying levels of consistency across case study sites. A key issue is whether standard evaluation experiments can be conducted over multiple sites, or whether experiments have to be tailored to each case study application. To test how useful a consistent approach is, choice modeling (CM) has been used in a number of countries. Choice modeling assess the trade-offs households are prepared to make between water use restrictions, maintaining environmental conditions in waterways, and increased water costs. This research paper reports the results of the Queensland survey. The results show that it is not possible to downplay case study framing issues and that it is not appropriate to standardise applications across case studies that have different characteristics.

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  • Jill Windle & John Rolfe & Roy Brouwer, 2009. "Public values for improved water security for domestic and environmental use," Environmental Economics Research Hub Research Reports 0918, Environmental Economics Research Hub, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University.
  • Handle: RePEc:een:eenhrr:0918

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    1. Martin van Bueren & Jeff Bennett, 2004. "Towards the development of a transferable set of value estimates for environmental attributes -super-," Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 48(1), pages 1-32, March.
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    choice modelling; water; environment; framing;

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