Letters in Spatial and Resource Sciences

, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp 117–126

Assessing the spatial dependence of welfare estimates obtained from discrete choice experiments


    • Gibson Institute for Land, Food and EnvironmentQueen’s University Belfast
  • Riccardo Scarpa
    • Economics Department, Waikato Management SchoolUniversity of Waikato
  • W. George Hutchinson
    • Gibson Institute for Land, Food and EnvironmentQueen’s University Belfast
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s12076-008-0012-6

Cite this article as:
Campbell, D., Scarpa, R. & Hutchinson, W.G. Lett Spat Resour Sci (2008) 1: 117. doi:10.1007/s12076-008-0012-6


We report results from a discrete choice experiment designed to assess the general public’s preferences regarding rural landscape improvements. Using a random parameters logit model to account for unobserved taste heterogeneity, we exploit the panel nature of the dataset to retrieve partworths, or willingness to pay (WTP) values, for every individual in the sample. We subsequently use the Moran’s I test statistic to gauge the spatial dependence of these estimates for a range of spatial extents. We find that WTP estimates are positively spatially autocorrelated, but the degree of homogeneity diminishes as the spatial extent becomes larger before it eventually becomes relatively stable.


Discrete choice experimentsMoran’s IRandom parameters logitSpatial dependenceWillingness to pay

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