|Appears in Collections:||Economics Journal Articles|
|Peer Review Status:||Refereed|
|Title:||A combinatorial optimization approach to nonmarket environmental benefit aggregation via simulated populations|
|Citation:||Hynes S, Hanley N & O'Donoghue C (2010) A combinatorial optimization approach to nonmarket environmental benefit aggregation via simulated populations, Land Economics, 86 (2), pp. 345-362.|
|Abstract:||This paper considers the use of a "combinatorial optimization" technique in the aggregation of environmental benefit values. Combinatorial optimization is used to statistically match population census data to a contingent valuation survey The matched survey and census information is then used to produce regional and national total willingness-to-pay figures. These figures are then compared to figures derived using More standard approaches to calculating aggregate environment benefit values. The choice of aggregation approach is shown to have a major impact upon estimates of total benefits at a regional level, especially when the target population displays considerable heterogeneity across space.|
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