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New methods for valuing, and for identifying spatial variations, in cultural services: a case study of the Great Barrier Reef


Jarvis, D and Stoeckl, N and Liu, H-B, New methods for valuing, and for identifying spatial variations, in cultural services: a case study of the Great Barrier Reef, Ecosystem Services, 24 pp. 58-67. ISSN 2212-0416 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ecoser.2017.02.012


Estimating values for ecosystem services (ES) can contribute to the decision making process, reducing the risk that ES benefits are overlooked. For ES with no (direct or indirect) links to markets, valuation is a nontrivial exercise. Traditional methods require the use of hypothetical markets; the life satisfaction (LS) approach does not. LS has previously been used to estimate the value of regulating ES, but to the best of our knowledge has never been used to estimate the value of cultural services (CS).

We examine the relationship between LS and a subset of CS provided by the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), (the non-use CS), using geographically weighted regression to investigate spatial variations in value. After controlling for other factors, we find income is more important to LS in the south than the north; the opposite is true for non-use CS.

The coefficients are used to estimate the amount of income required to keep overall LS constant, should the non-use CS of the GBR not be preserved, estimated at $8.7 bn annually. We acknowledge the imperfections of our work, noting the need for research on better CS measures, but feel that the general approach may add another useful tool to the valuation toolbox.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:cultural services, non-market valuation, geographically weighted regression, life satisfaction, spatial analysis of life satisfaction, Great Barrier Reef
Research Division:Economics
Research Group:Applied economics
Research Field:Environment and resource economics
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Other economic framework
Objective Field:Other economic framework not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Stoeckl, N (Professor Natalie Stoeckl)
ID Code:136526
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:College Office - CoBE
Deposited On:2020-01-06
Last Modified:2020-04-20

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