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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.; Swait, J.; Scarpa, R.

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Authors

M. Thiene

J. Swait



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.

Citation

Thiene, M., Swait, J., & 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, 152-173. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeem.2016.08.002

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 1, 2016
Online Publication Date Aug 20, 2016
Publication Date Jan 1, 2017
Deposit Date Aug 15, 2016
Publicly Available Date Feb 20, 2018
Journal Journal of Environmental Economics and Management
Print ISSN 0095-0696
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 81
Pages 152-173
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeem.2016.08.002
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1399249

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