Nonmarket valuation in developing countries: Incorporating labour contributions in environmental benefits estimates

Rai, Rajesh K. and Scarborough, Helen 2015, Nonmarket valuation in developing countries: Incorporating labour contributions in environmental benefits estimates, Australian journal of agricultural and resource economics, vol. 59, pp. 479-498, doi: 10.1111/1467-8489.12071.

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Title Nonmarket valuation in developing countries: Incorporating labour contributions in environmental benefits estimates
Author(s) Rai, Rajesh K.
Scarborough, HelenORCID iD for Scarborough, Helen orcid.org/0000-0002-0562-1987
Journal name Australian journal of agricultural and resource economics
Volume number 59
Start page 479
End page 498
Total pages 20
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Place of publication Richmond, Vic
Publication date 2015-09
ISSN 1364-985X
1467-8489
Keyword(s) Choice experiment
Low-income communities
Mode of contribution
Willingness to contribute
Summary There are limitations associated with the application of nonmarket valuation techniques, including choice experiments, in subsistence economies. In part, this is due to the concern that using money as a mode of contribution may not capture the potential contribution of low-income households. To address this limitation, respondents in this study were provided with the option of contributing towards the management of invasive plants in labour terms if they were unwilling to contribute in monetary terms. The results show that the existing practice of using dollar values to estimate willingness to contribute may disproportionately exclude the concerns of some groups within the community. The analysis also indicates that allowing respondents to express their willingness to contribute in labour increases their participation in environmental decision-making processes and hence increases the estimated value of forest ecosystem services. This study contributes to the limited empirical literature on the development of nonmarket valuation surveys, particularly choice experiments, in low-income countries in general and rural areas in particular. © 2014 Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society Inc.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/1467-8489.12071
Field of Research 140201 Agricultural Economics
Socio Economic Objective 970114 Expanding Knowledge in Economics
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30067668

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