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Benefit Transfer for Environmental Improvements in Coastal Areas: General vs. Specific Models

Östberg, Katarina; Håkansson, Cecilia; Hasselström, Linus; Bostedt, Kjell Göran


In this study, we used choice experiment data to analyze the accuracy of benefit transfer (BT) between two case study areas in Sweden for attributes relevant to the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive and special consideration zones in marine areas. The accuracy and reliability of a BT based on a model including only easily available socioeconomic information is similar to the accuracy of a BT based on a model that gives the best statistical fit, but requires time-consuming data collection. Further, the former model has almost as good a fit as the latter. The BT error varies significantly across the attributes, regardless of which model is used. The results are inconclusive as to whether socioeconomic adjustments improve transfer or not


Benefit transfer; Choice experiment; Coastal environment; Socioeconomic characteristics; Special consideration zones; Water quality

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CERE Working Paper
2011, number: 2011:2
Publisher: Centre for Environmental and Resource Economics, Department of Economics, Umeå Universit

Authors' information

Håkansson, Cecilia
Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
Hasselström, Linus
Enveco Environmental Economics Consultancy
Bostedt, Kjell Göran (Bostedt, Göran)
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Forest Economics
Östberg, Katarina
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Forest Economics

UKÄ Subject classification

Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use
Economics and Business
Social Sciences
Fish and Aquacultural Science

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