Background and objective
Ecosystems and the services they provide are threatened across the globe. To design efficient policies for the protection of ecosystems, politicians and economists have initiated the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) process. One goal of the initiative is to assist decision-makers by providing economic values for the services provided by ecosystems and biodiversity. Typically, markets do not exist for these services, and economists must therefore rely on non-market valuation, especially stated preferences methods.
This summer school provides an introduction to Discrete Choice Experiments (DCEs) for the economic valuation of ecosystem services in rural landscapes
- Theoretical foundations of consumer theory
- Design of DCEs with a specific reference to landscape attributes
- State-of-the-art models for the econometric analysis of discrete choice data
- Interpretation of results with respect to policymaking
During the day lectures are given and combined with exercises, using the open source statistical software R. In the afternoons participants will present and discuss their own projects (20 minutes per person).
There will be an excursion to the nearby national park "Unteres Odertal", Germany’s only floodplain national park known for its rich biodiversity and high aesthetic value.
Experts teaching the course
Prof. Dr. Katrin Rehdanz – Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel - Microeconomic Theory, Stated Preference Methods
Prof. Dr. Petr Mariel – Universidad del País Vasco, Bilbao - Microeconometrics, Advanced Discrete Choice Modelling
Dr. Klaus Glenk – Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), Edinburgh - Discrete Choice Experiments, Ecosystem Service Valuation
Dr. Jürgen Meyerhoff – Technische Universität Berlin - Discrete Choice Experiments, Experimental Design