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Meta-Functional Benefit Transfer for Wetland Valuation: Making the Most of Small Samples

  • Klaus Moeltner


    (Department of Resource Economics, University of Nevada, Reno)

  • Richard T. Woodward

    (Department of Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University)

This study applies functional Benefit Transfer via Meta-Regression Modeling to derive valuation estimates for wetlands in an actual policy setting of proposed groundwater transfers in Eastern Nevada. We illustrate how Bayesian estimation techniques can be used to overcome small sample problems notoriously present in Meta-functional Benefit Transfer. The highlights of our methodology are (i) The hierarchical modeling of heteroskedasticity, (ii) The ability to incorporate additional information via refined priors, and (ii) The derivation of measures of model performance with the corresponding option of model-averaged Benefit Transfer predictions. Our results indicate that economic losses associated with the disappearance of these wetlands can be substantial and that primary valuation studies are warranted.

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Paper provided by University of Nevada, Reno, Department of Economics & University of Nevada, Reno , Department of Resource Economics in its series Working Papers with number 07-012.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2007
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Handle: RePEc:unr:wpaper:07-012
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