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Choice set formation for outdoor destinations : the role of motivations and preference discrimination in site selection for the management of public expenditures on protected areas.

Thiene, M. and Swait, J. and Scarpa, R. (2017) 'Choice set formation for outdoor destinations : the role of motivations and preference discrimination in site selection for the management of public expenditures on protected areas.', Journal of environmental economics and management., 81 . pp. 152-173.

Abstract

Effective public expenditure currently dominates the management focus of many protected areas. This calls for explicit modeling of constraints and motivations that, respectively, obstruct and stimulate visits to selected outdoor destinations. Choice set formation is the result of screening and/or inclusion of specific sites (alternatives) to form the set of sites considered in real choices. Evidence shows that the omission of a structural representation of choice set formation is harmful to econometric inference. Yet, the literature has largely ignored the underlying behavioral phenomenon. We show, using a discrete choice experiment involving selection among seven recreational sites in an Italian national park, that choice set formation is behaviorally relevant, even after controlling for preference discrimination. Motivations (why visit?) are important determinants of preliminary site screening for choice set inclusion, as well as site selection, justifying the additional value of such modeling extension.

Item Type:Article
Full text:Publisher-imposed embargo until 20 February 2018.
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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeem.2016.08.002
Publisher statement:© 2016 This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Record Created:15 Aug 2016 14:35
Last Modified:16 Feb 2017 15:49

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