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Choice Experiments Informing Environmental Policy

Choice Experiments Informing Environmental Policy

A European Perspective

New Horizons in Environmental Economics series

Edited by Ekin Birol and Phoebe Koundouri

This innovative book is a compilation of state-of-the-art choice experiment studies undertaken in several European Union (EU) countries, including Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom. The case studies presented concern a variety of environmental, agricultural and natural resource issues – such as the management of water resources, forests and agricultural landscapes; conservation of biodiversity and cultural heritage; noise pollution reduction and food labeling. The book highlights how the choice experiment method can be employed to inform efficient and effective design and implementation of various EU level agricultural and environmental policies and directives, including the Common Agricultural Policy, Water Framework Directive, Forestry Strategy, Habitats Directive and food labeling systems.

Chapter 2: Applications of the Choice Experiment Method in Europe: A Review

Ekin Birol, Phoebe Koundouri and Yiannis Kountouris

Subjects: economics and finance, behavioural and experimental economics, environmental economics, valuation, environment, environmental economics, valuation


Ekin Birol, Phoebe Koundouri and Yiannis Kountouris INTRODUCTION This chapter reviews several noteworthy applications of the choice experiment method undertaken in European Union (EU) countries to date. The review summarises choice experiment studies implemented in various EU countries covering a wide geographical area, including those located in the West (France, Germany and the UK), South (Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal) and North of the EU (Denmark, Finland and Sweden), as well as those countries located in Eastern and Central Europe which have recently joined the EU (Hungary and Romania). The choice experiment studies presented in this chapter cover a wide array of environmental, natural resource, agricultural, food and energy issues, ranging from conservation of wetlands and biodiversity to efficient management of water resources, and from labelling of foodstuffs to alternative energy sources. These studies are aimed at informing the design and implementation of various EU-level environmental, natural resource, agricultural, food and energy policies and directives, such as the Agri-environmental Regulation (EC No. 2078/92), food labelling systems (EC No. 2081/92 and 2082/92), the Water Framework Directive (EC No. 2000/60), the Birds Directive (79/409/EEC), the Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC) and the Landfill Directive (1999/31/EC), to name a few. The review presented in this chapter is by no means exhaustive, but it aims to present the status of the choice experiment application in the EU to date, with details of the attributes valued in each study; the monetary values estimated; implications for the design and implementation of various EU-level policies, directives...

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