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Peer Review Status: Unrefereed
Title: The impacts of knowledge of the past on preferences for future landscape change
Author(s): Hanley, Nicholas
Ready, Richard
Colombo, Sergio
Watson, Fiona
Stewart, Mairi
Bergmann, Ariel
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Citation: Hanley N, Ready R, Colombo S, Watson F, Stewart M & Bergmann A (2008) The impacts of knowledge of the past on preferences for future landscape change. Stirling Economics Discussion Paper, 2008-05.
Keywords: environmental history
national parks
landscape change
landscape preferences
woodland management
JEL Code(s): Q2
Issue Date: Apr-2008
Series/Report no.: Stirling Economics Discussion Paper, 2008-05
Abstract: In this paper, we investigate whether people’s knowledge of the past influences their preferences and values towards future landscape change. “Knowledge of the past” is one aspect of the information set held by individuals, and a well-established finding in economics is that changes in information can change preferences and values. The particular aspects of knowledge of the past we work with here are (i) awareness of past landuse, as represented by woodland cover and (ii) awareness of differing and sometimes contradictory literary impressions of this past landscape. The case studies used here relate to prospective changes in woodland cover in two UK national parks, the Lake District and the Trossachs. We find that people who are made aware that the landscape has changed over time, or that perceptions of the landscape have changed over time, are more likely to favour changes to the current landscape (are less likely to favour the status quo). Knowledge of the past therefore seems to have an impact on preferences for future landscapes. We also investigate the impacts on preferences of how “special”, how “wild” and how “worked in” people perceive the landscapes of these two national parks to be.
Type: Working or Discussion Paper
Affiliation: Economics
Penn State University
Andalusian Institute of Agrarian Research and Training
University of Stirling
University of the Highlands and Islands
University of Stirling

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