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Benefit Transfer from Multiple Contingent Experiments: A Flexible Two-Step Model Combining Individual Choice Data with Community Characteristics

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  • Klaus Moeltner

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

  • Robert J. Johnston

    (Clark University)

  • Randall S. Rosenberger

    (Oregon State University)

Abstract

This study proposes a new approach to utilize information from existing choice experiments to predict policy outcomes for a transfer setting. Recognizing the difficulties from pooling raw data from experiments with different designs and sub-populations we first re-estimate all underlying Random Utility Models individually, and then combine them in a second stage process to form a weighted mixture density for the generation of policy-relevant welfare estimates. Using data from recent choice experiments on farmland preservation we illustrate that our strategy is more robust to transfer inaccuracies than single-site approaches. The specification of "intelligent" mixture weights will be a fruitful ground for future research in the area of Benefit Transfer.

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  • Klaus Moeltner & Robert J. Johnston & Randall S. Rosenberger, 2009. "Benefit Transfer from Multiple Contingent Experiments: A Flexible Two-Step Model Combining Individual Choice Data with Community Characteristics," Working Papers 09-002, University of Nevada, Reno, Department of Economics;University of Nevada, Reno , Department of Resource Economics.
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