Tharshini Thangavelu, doctoral student and member of CERE has published the article, Understanding Heterogeneous Preferences for Angling Site Attributes in Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy (JEEP). The article studies anglers’ willingness to pay for improvements in the characteristics of fishing sites in the county of Jämtland in Sweden.

We use two existing angling sites, and hypothetical sites similar to these, to explore transferability of responses between different sites and to examine the welfare effects of improvements in fishing site characteristics, says Tharshini. We find that anglers have highly heterogeneous preferences, and that modelling this heterogeneity using latent class models leads to different classes being estimated for the two different sites studied, she continues. This heterogeneity implies that policy interventions need to consider the specific characteristics of the angling groups being targeted by the intervention, but the heterogeneity also affects the precision with which estimates from one angling site can be applied to another site.

Thangavelu,T et al. (Published online April 21st, 2017) Understanding Heterogeneous Preferences for Angling Site Attributes, Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy