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Dominguez-Torreiro M.,Cantabrian Agricultural Research Center | Solino M.,National Institute for Agriculture and Food Research and Technology INIA | Solino M.,University of Valladolid
International Journal of Environmental Research | Year: 2015

It is a well-known result in both environmental economics and natural resources management that you will not be able to manage what you are not able to measure. This paper presents a dichotomous-choice contingent valuation survey that analyses individuals’ preferences for the implementation of a rural development program (RDP) that fosters the provision of non-commodity outputs in rural areas in Southern Europe. In order to account for the fact that some of the respondents show unwillingness to pay for the program, out-of-the-market individuals have been identified. According to the results of our behavioral models, prospective positive welfare changes due to policy implementation constitute a sound argument in favor of regional RDPs. Finally, higher levels of social legitimacy and social support towards RDPs will be inextricably related to the issue of being able to communicate to the wider public what the potential outcomes and expected potential benefits of RDPs will be. © 2015, University of Tehran. All rights reserved.


Dominguez-Torreiro M.,Cantabrian Agricultural Research Center | Duran-Medrano R.,University of Vigo | Solino M.,National Institute for Agriculture and Food Research and Technology INIA | Solino M.,University of Valladolid
Land Use Policy | Year: 2013

This article deals with the issues of welfare measurement and preference heterogeneity for Rural Development Programs (RDPs) in Cantabria, Spain. People from urban and rural localities would benefit from improvements in the provision of public goods and externalities promoted by RDPs, but their preferences may be quite different. Heterogeneous preferences between urban and rural dwellers would hinder the proper estimation and aggregation of social welfare. Results show significant differences between rural and urban residents. However, the social legitimacy of RDPs, in terms of positive welfare changes, would prevail in both rural and urban settings. The article concludes that accurately measuring social welfare values and explaining preference patterns is a key issue for developing effective multifunctional policies. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.


In this paper we empirically validate the hypothesis of context independent preferences in choice experiments under different experimental design approaches. Two alternative paradigms for constructing designs are analysed in this study under a simple Multinomial Logit (MNL) framework: optimal orthogonal in the differences (OOD) and D-efficient (EFD) designs. Once having taken into account potential differences in scale (inversely proportional to the variance of the random term in random utility models), preference estimates for beef attributes are found to be sensitive to the design generation process. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.


Dominguez-Torreiro M.,Cantabrian Agricultural Research Center | Solino M.,National Institute for Agriculture and Food Research and Technology INIA
Ecological Economics | Year: 2011

This article presents a choice experiment analyzing multifunctional rural development policies targeting conservation and recovery of environmental, social and cultural assets. In choice experiments a base alternative is usually included in order to estimate the welfare change associated to policy proposals. This study is concerned with the much neglected issue of the impact on policy analysis of the definition of a 'status quo' alternative either as an objective assessment by experts, or as a self-reported perception by respondents. Convergent validity analysis and prospective policy scenarios show a significant impact of different status quo specifications on individuals' preferences and related welfare measures when complex and unfamiliar biophysical systems are involved in policy analysis and evaluation. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.


Dominguez-Torreiro M.,Cantabrian Agricultural Research Center | Solino M.,National Institute for Agriculture and Food Research and Technology INIA
Regional Studies | Year: 2015

Domínguez-Torreiro M. and Soliño M. Dealing with uncertainty in public preferences for rural development policies: a contingent valuation survey, Regional Studies. Rural development programmes are currently envisaged as a means to foster the provision of a broad range of non-commodity outputs emanating from multifunctional rural environments. This paper presents a contingent valuation survey that analyses individuals' perceptions of and willingness to pay for the implementation of a rural development programme in Cantabria, Spain. Uncertainty in individuals' preferences is explicitly acknowledged and introduced into the analytical framework. For that purpose, a comparison is made between the open-ended and the multiple-bounded uncertainty elicitation formats. The expectation of a positive welfare change constitutes a sound argument in favour of regional rural development policies. © 2013, © 2013 Regional Studies Association.

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