Making benefit transfers work: Deriving and testing principles for value transfers for similar and dissimilar sites using a case study of the non-market benefits of water quality improvements across Europe

I. J. Bateman, R. Brouwer, S. Ferrini, M. Schaafsma, D. N. Barton, A. Dubgaard, B. Hasler, S. Hime, I. Liekens, S. Navrud, L. De Nocker, R. Ščeponavičiūtė, D. Semėnienė

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We implement a controlled, multi-site experiment to develop and test guidance principles for benefits transfers. These argue that when transferring across relatively similar sites, simple mean value transfers are to be preferred but that when sites are relatively dissimilar then value function transfers will yield lower errors. The paper also provides guidance on the appropriate specification of transferable value functions arguing that these should be developed from theoretical rather than ad-hoc statistical approaches. These principles are tested via a common format valuation study of water quality improvements across five countries. While this provides an idealised tested, results support the above principles and suggest directions for future transfer studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)365-387
Number of pages23
JournalEnvironmental and Resource Economics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2011

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