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Valuation Methods in Agro-food and Environmental Economics

360px-Castelldefels.jpg : 107.7294921875KbOver the last two decades, interest in the analysis of economic agents’ behavioural reactions to goods, services or policies has increased, in the fields of both agro-food and environmental economics. Consequently new methodological challenges and modelling approaches have emerged, giving rise to increased interest amongst specialists worldwide to exchange information and discuss best practice. Simultaneously, the need to compare reliability of results coming from alternative methods has been raised.

Photo: Castelldefels from Garraf Natural Park by Gakuro

Moving beyond the specific topics of previous workshops organized by CREDA, this year marks a new focus for the organization which will be characterised by a broader scope in forthcoming congresses to consider some of these challenges and new methodologies. CREDA officials hope to run an annual workshop which will be a forum for debate and discussion between junior and senior researchers interested in Valuation Methods, from both methodological and empirical points of view. 

CREDA was established with the intention of facilitating cooperation and collaboration between private and public sectors. Its aims include: contribution to the development and improvement of agriculture and livestock competitiveness, and to the modernisation of their structures; promotion of a more sustainable use of the natural resources; empowerment of the rural environment; and reaching a better understanding of the existing relations between land and society.

The workshop was part of a cycle of seminars organised across Europe by the European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE). The EAAE unites agricultural economists and those interested in the challenges of the agricultural and food industries and rural development in Europe.

EFIMED researcher, Elsa Varela, presented the paper “Fire prevention programs in Mediterranean Forests: A discrete choice experiment using double cheap talk reminders” at the workshop and took part in panel discussions on Hypothetical Choice Experiments and Environmental Valuation and Issues.

More information: Elsa Varela: name.surname(at)efi.int

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