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What Do Farmers Want From Agri-Environmental Scheme Design? A Choice Experiment Approach

Lookup NU author(s): Maria Espinosa Goded, Dr Eric Ruto



Agri-environmental schemes (AES) have had a limited effect on European agriculture due to farmers’ reluctance to participate. Information on how farmers react when AES characteristics are modified can be an important input to the design of such policies. This paper investigates farmers’ preferences for different design options in a specific AES aimed at encouraging nitrogen fixing crops in marginal dry-land areas in Spain. We use a choice experiment survey conducted in two regions (Aragón and Andalusia). The analysis employs an error component random parameter logit model allowing for preference heterogeneity and correlation amongst the non-Status Quo alternatives. Farmers show a strong preference for maintaining their current management strategies; however significant savings in cost or increased participation can be obtained by modifying some AES attributes

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Author(s): Espinosa-Goded M, Barreiro-Hurlé J, Ruto E

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Agricultural Economics

Year: 2010

Volume: 61

Issue: 2

Pages: 259-273

Print publication date: 01/03/2010

Date deposited: 11/05/2012

ISSN (print): 0021-857X

ISSN (electronic): 1477-9552

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell


DOI: 10.1111/j.1477-9552.2010.00244.x


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