Title: What Do Farmers Want From Agri-Environmental Scheme Design? A Choice Experiment Approach
Citation: JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS vol. 61 no. 2 p. 259-273
Publication Year: 2010
JRC N°: JRC57137
ISSN: 0021-857X
URI: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/123305848/abstract
DOI: 10.1111/j.1477-9552.2010.00244.x
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Agri-environmental schemes (AES) have had a limited effect on European agri- culture 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 article 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 (Arago´n and Andalusia). The analysis employs an error compo- nent 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, signifi- cant savings in cost or increased participation can be obtained by modifying some AES attributes.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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