EAERE 2021
Berlin, Germany
23 Jun - 26 Jun 2021
26th Annual Conference
of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists

Pre-conference Workshop: Validity of Stated Preference Environmental Valuation using Choice Modelling

June 23, 2021

Local Organizers: Jürgen Meyerhoff, Julian Sagebiel

Scientific Committee: Vic Adamowicz, Klaus Glenk, Robert Johnston


Background and Aims

The need for information on economic values in the absence of market choices—including information on non-use or passive use values—has led to an unquestionable demand for value estimates from stated preference methods. These methods have also been subject to ongoing questions regarding validity. Although there has been extensive work to assess and establish the validity of stated preference methods over the past three decades, much of this work has focused on contingent valuation (or single binary choice) methods. The applicability of this work to discrete choice experiments (DCEs)—which now represent a large proportion of stated preference applications—is not always clear. The properties and often-greater complexity of DCE preference elicitation, relative to contingent valuation, can affect the types of validity concerns that are most relevant. Moreover, in many common areas of DCE application, such as transport and marketing, attention to validity concerns has focused heavily on econometrics and experimental design, with less attention elsewhere. This workshop will address a more comprehensive range of topics that are central to the validity of environmental DCEs, including fundamental topics such as questionnaire design and testing, survey mode, consequentiality, information effects, and the treatment of uncertainty.

This one-day workshop brings together worldwide experts on stated preference and DCE design to discuss past and contemporary research related to validity within DCE welfare elicitation. Although the primary focus will be on environmental applications, speakers will also discuss implications for other common application areas such as marketing, health and transport. Sessions will address implications of earlier CV validity research for DCEs, as well as more recent research focusing explicitly on validity within choice modelling. Particular emphasis will be given to non-econometric topics that have been given less explicit attention in the environmental valuation literature, such as the design and use of focus groups, implications of survey mode and different types of online sampling, design of the bid vector, elicitation method and consequentiality, and the treatment of risk and uncertainty, among other topics. A “lightning round” of presentations will also highlight emerging and potentially important areas of research in DCE validity.

The primary goal of the workshop is to provide participants with the knowledge required to develop valid DCE preference elicitation methods capable of withstanding rigorous scrutiny and external peer review. The workshop will also expose participants to the increasing scope of research related to choice modelling validity. As we are aiming for lively debates, ongoing discussion and active participant engagement will be encouraged.


Participation and Submission

Participation in the workshop is free, but due to limited space, we cannot allow for more than 80 participants. Therefore, we would like to ask interested persons to register with Julian Sagebiel (sagebiel@tu-berlin.de) or Jürgen Meyerhoff (Jürgen.meyerhoff@tu-berlin.de) by sending a short email. Also, we ask participants for a contribution of presumably 20 Euro per person to cover the costs for the catering.  Registrants will receive a confirmation within two weeks, and will be informed about the location for the meeting and how to get there by the end of May.

Those who are interested in presenting in the lightning round (see program) are asked to send an extended abstract (800-1000 words, containing the authors and contact information of the presenting author) by March 5, 2021 to Julian Sagebiel (sagebiel@tu-berlin.de) or Jürgen Meyerhoff (juergen.meyerhoff@tu-berlin.de). Submitted contributions should preferably focus on non-econometric topics relevant for assessing or improving the validity of stated preference environmental valuation using choice modelling. (Note – submitted papers can apply econometric methods to demonstrate results, but econometrics should not be the primary focus.) Contributions will be reviewed and presenters will be informed by the end of March whether their abstract has been accepted.






09:00 – 09:05

Jürgen Meyerhoff
Technische Universität Berlin

Introduction: Validity in choice modelling beyond econometrics




09:05 – 09:30

Kevin Boyle
Virginia Tech, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics

Content validity insights and challenges from the Deepwater Horizon Valuation Study




09:30 – 10:00

Ewa Zawojska
University of Warsaw, Faculty of Economic Sciences

Consequentiality and choice: current state of the art




10:00 – 10:30

Vic Adamowicz
University of Alberta, Agricultural Life and Environmental Sciences

Risk and uncertainty – lessons from health applications




10:30 – 11:00

Coffee break*





11:00 – 11:30

Ulf Liebe
The University of Warwick, Department of Sociology

Focus groups – more than a duty to please reviewers?




11:30 – 12:00

Frank Lupi
Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics

Evaluating survey and questionnaire quality with a focus on internet surveys




12:00 – 12:30

Patrick Lloyd-Smith
University of Saskatchewan, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Sampling and non-response bias - Who should we talk to and does it matter?




12:30 – 13:30

Lunch break*





13:30 – 14:00

Klaus Glenk
Scotland’s Rural College

Bid vector design and its implications for validity




14:00 – 14:30

Nick Hanley
University of Glasgow, Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine

Information, knowledge & preferences




14:30 – 15:00

Robert Johnston
Clark University, George Perkins Marsh Institute and Department of Economics

Preference Elicitation and Choice Scenario Design for Complex Ecological Changes—What Really Matters and How Can We Communicate It?




15:00 – 15:30

Coffee break*





15:30 – 16:00

Susana Mourato
London School of Economics & Political Science, Dept of Geography & Environment

Policy use of choice experiments: validity challenges




16:00 – 17:00

Julian Sagebiel (Chairperson)

Technische Universität Berlin

10-minute lightning round with presentations of previously submitted topics related to validity issues in choice modelling



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17:00 – 17:05

Jürgen Meyerhoff
Technische Universität Berlin

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Conference Welcome Reception

* Will be provided in or in front of the room where the workshop will take place.

Last update on April 13, 2020