Choice Modelling workshop

1 and 2 May 2008

Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm Brisbane

The two day Choice Modelling workshop was held for practitioners of non-market valuation techniques in Brisbane on the 1st and 2nd of May 2008, and involved academics, consultants and students. Speakers at the workshop provided attendees with insights into the latest research being conducted in Choice Modelling, as well as giving opportunities to help design prospective studies. The workshop was hosted by the Environmental Economics Research Hub and Central Queensland University, and built on previous Choice Modelling workshops held in Adelaide and Canberra in 2004 and 2006.

Some of the key messages coming from the workshop is that there is developing interest and application of the Choice Modelling technique in Australia, and more engagement by government in the issues of environmental valuation. However, some of the case studies from Europe that were presented, particularly those assessing the benefits of conservation tenders, suggest that there is more acceptance and takeup of environmental choice modelling in the policy arena in Europe than in Australia.M

A key theme coming through the workshop was the importance of appropriate experimental design, both in terms of generating accurate predictions of environmental values and in helping to develop cost-effective collection methods. There were a number of case study presentations showing some advances in the design, application and analysis of choice modelling experiments. There were also presentations on the applications of benefit transfer to choice modelling results, identifying both the potential and limitations of extrapolating values from source studies to target sites.

Program – Day 1 – Thursday 1st of May

Time period Speaker Topic
9.30 – 10.00 Convened by John Rolfe Introductions
10.00 – 10.30 Jeff Bennett Prospects and challenges for CM in Australia
[PDF, 2151KB]
10.30 – 11.00 Nick Hanley Issues in Benefit Transfer
[PDF, 686KB]
11.00  - 11.30 Morning Tea
11.30 – 12.00 Riccardo Scarpa Error Component models
[PDF, 828KB]
12.00 – 12.30 Michael Burton/ Dan Rigby Choice set complexity – setting the number of choice options
12.30 – 1.00 Danny Campbell Mapping welfare estimates from discrete choice experiments
[PDF, 855KB]
1.00 – 2.00 Lunch
2.30 – 3.00 John Rose Creating efficient experimental designs
[PDF, 1579KB]
3.00 – 3.30 Riccardo Scarpa WTP efficient experimental design
[PDF, 302KB]
3.30 – 4.00 Mark Morrison Impact of hypothetical alternatives
[PDF, 462KB]
4.00 – 4.30 Afternoon tea
4.30 – 5.00 John Rolfe ( and Roy Brouwer) A meta analysis of CM values for waterways and wetlands in Australia and New Zealand
[PDF, 930KB]
5.00 – 5.30 Convened by John Rolfe General discussion

Program – Day 2 – Friday 2nd of May

Time period Speaker Topic
9.00 – 9.20 Steven Beville Angler choice experiment and a RPL-error component model
[PDF, 4440KB]
9.20 – 9.40 Galina Ivanova/John Rolfe Comparing CM and choice behavior experiments
[PDF, 253KB]
9.40 – 10.00 Helen Scarborough Social Welfare preferences
[PDF, 155KB]
10.00 – 10.30 John Rolfe Discontinuous preferences
[PDF, 94KB]
Marit Kragt Discontinuous choices
[PDF, 101KB]
10.30 – 11.00 Morning Tea
11.00 – 12.00 Nick Hanley, general discussion Approaches to provide more support, guidance and consistency in applications
12.00 – 12.30 William Kaye-Blake Respondent use of information in choice modelling surveys
[PDF, 467KB]
12.30 – 1.30 Lunch
1.30 – 2.15 Nick Hanley Are all choices valid
2.15 – 3.30 John Rolfe, Marit Kragt, Jill Windle, Jeff Bennett, Open discussion session on key issues
[PDF, 1135KB]
3.30 – 4.00 Close


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