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Chapter 9: Developing a GIS-based methodology for benefit transfers
9. Developing a GIS-based methodology for beneﬁt transfers Ian J. Bateman, Andrew A. Lovett, Julii S. Brainard* 1 INTRODUCTION Smith (1993, p.7) deﬁnes beneﬁt transfer as the process of ‘adapting existing models or value estimates to construct valuations for resources that are diﬀerent in type or location from the one originally studied’. In particular, studies have addressed the question of whether data taken from surveyed ‘source’ sites can be used to infer values for unsurveyed ‘target’ sites. As McConnell (1992, p.695) indicates, This is an attractive procedure because it saves time and money on repeated studies. There are many forces which are likely to increase the demand for nonmarket beneﬁt estimates over the next few years. And with the growth in demand for beneﬁt estimates, the issues of transfer methods will increase. Given these advantages, a consideration of the possibilities (and problems) associated with beneﬁt transfer techniques is timely. Our research particularly focuses on estimating the beneﬁts associated with open-access woodland recreation. This is an issue of particular inter* This research was funded primarily by the Economic and Social Research Council (grant no. L320223002) and by the Nature Conservancy Council for England (English Nature: grant no. FIN/NC10/01). Assistance was also provided by the UEA / School of Environmental Sciences Research Promotion Fund and CSERGE. We are grateful to the Regional Studies Association for permission to publish this paper, a version of which has been published in the journal Regional Studies. We would...
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