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'No-choice' options within a nested logit model: one model is insufficient

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We examine the impact of providing a 'no-choice' option in attribute-based valuation experiments. The aim of the experiment was to assess monetary values of cockle fishery management practices in the Dutch Wadden Sea for different stakeholder groups, namely Dutch citizens, local residents and tourists. The current policy debate about the management of the Wadden Sea stresses the fact that individual preferences with respect to cockle-fishery differ. The aim of this article is to analyse the individual preferences in a objective way. Special attention is given to the influence of including a 'no-choice option', which is analysed using a nested logit model. We test whether the full set of options can be considered as close substitutes. The estimation results show that the influence of including the no-choice option differs among the stakeholders considered.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University, The Netherlands 2: Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Free University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands,Department of Economics, Ca' Foscari University Venice and Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, Italy 3: Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Free University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands,Institute for Environmental Studies, Free University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Publication date: 2007-06-01

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