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The Landscape of landscape values

conceptual and empirical interpretation of economic values in landscape valuation

Holstein, Fredrik (2006). The Landscape of landscape values. Uppsala : Sveriges lantbruksuniv.
ISBN 91-576-7154-0
[Licentiate thesis]

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The overall aim of this thesis is to clarify relations between the value perspective of economics and other value perspectives and its significance for the interpretation of normative statements and of anomalies found in stated preference (SP) surveys. The thesis contains two papers. The main objective of the first paper is to analyse and clarify the conceptual relations between different value-related terms. It is concluded that economic values has a clear meaning whereas other terms, often used to describe, and to motivate the preservation of, pastoral landscapes, have unclear normative implications. The economic concept of values is, in a sense, complete. Once the perspective is adopted it embraces, conceptually, all values of the pastoral landscape. With a specific interpretation of e.g. biological values these are conceptually included in the economic values. Other interpretations of biological values imply, on the other hand, perspectives of values that make economic values redundant. In the second paper the value perspective of economics is accepted as a normative assumption for economic analyses. Instead, the theoretical analysis in the paper focuses on the possible diverging value perspectives among respondents in SP-surveys. The aim of the paper is to suggest a framework for interpretation of people’s value expressions and to analyse if this framework can explain some of the anomalies found in stated preference surveys. It is suggested that people may hold values that can be interpreted as opinions about how initial rights should be distributed and that such opinions cannot be interpreted as ordinary preferences. If a stated preference survey implies a right that is incompatible with the right asserted by a respondent this may very well hinder the formation and expression of preferences. It is concluded that this incompatibility between implied and asserted rights, in many cases, can explain anomalies. This conclusion emphasizes e.g. the importance of the choice between WTP- and WTA-measures in stated preference surveys.

Authors/Creators:Holstein, Fredrik
Title:The Landscape of landscape values
Subtitle:conceptual and empirical interpretation of economic values in landscape valuation
Year of publishing :April 2006
Number of Pages:24
Papers/manuscripts:
NumberReferences
ALLI. Holstein, F. 1998. The Values of the Agricultural Landscape: a Discussion on Value-related Terms in Natural and Social Sciences and the Implications for the Contingent Valuation Method. In: Dabbert, S., Dubgaard, A., Slangen, L., and Whitby, M. (eds.) The Economics of Landscape and Wildlife Conservation. CAB International, Wallingford, pp 37-52. II. Holstein, F. Perceptions of Rights and Environmental Valuation - Incompatible Opinions About Rights as Explanation to Anomalies in SP-surveys. (Manuscript). Paper I is reprinted by permission of CAB International. The copyright remains with CAB International and unauthorised reproduction or dissemination of the electronic version is prohibited.
Place of Publication:Uppsala
ISBN for printed version:91-576-7154-0
Language:English
Publication Type:Licentiate thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agrovoc terms:landscape, economic value, valuation, human behaviour, surveys, economic analysis, sweden
Keywords:values, valuation, stated preferences, anomalies, property rights, landscape
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-1028
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-1028
ID Code:1100
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics
Deposited By: Fredrik Holstein
Deposited On:26 Apr 2006 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:09

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