Table of Contents
ISRN Forestry
Volume 2013, Article ID 359584, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/359584
Research Article

Using the Contingent Grouping Method to Value Forest Attributes

1Department of Applied Economics, Autonomous University of Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra, Spain
2Department of Economics, Rovira i Virgili University, Avinguda Universitat 1, 43204 Reus, Spain
3Department of Economics, Pablo de Olavide University, Ctrretera de Utrera km 1, 41013 Sevilla, Spain

Received 29 November 2012; Accepted 4 February 2013

Academic Editors: P. Newton and M. Pensa

Copyright © 2013 Pere Riera et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This paper presents the first application of a recently proposed stated preference valuation method called contingent grouping. The method is an alternative to other choice modeling methods such as contingent choice or contingent ranking. It was applied to an afforestation program in the northeast of Spain. The attributes included (and the marginal values estimated per individual) were allowing picnicking in the new forests (€2.47), sequestering 1000 tons of CO2 (€0.04), delaying the loss of land productivity by 100 years, due to erosion in the new forests area (€0.783), and allowing four-wheel driving (€6.5), which is perceived as a welfare loss.