Qualitative and quantitative evidence on the true local welfare costs of forest conservation in Madagascar

Are discrete choice experiments a valid ex ante tool?

Abstract

Protected areas may impose local welfare costs through the enforcement of use restrictions. Predicting their welfare impacts before their establishment could help with the design of compensation schemes. Discrete choice experiments (DCEs) are increasingly used for ex ante evaluations but their validity is largely untested in low-income settings. Using a case study of a new REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) project in eastern Madagascar, the authors explore the validity of DCEs.

This research was supported by the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme

Citation

Rakotonarivo, S.; Jacobsen, J.B.; Larsen, H.O.; Jones, J.P.G.; Nielsen, M.R.; Ramamonjisoa, B.S.; Mandimbiniaina, R.H.; Hockley, N. (2017) Qualitative and quantitative evidence on the true local welfare costs of forest conservation in Madagascar: Are discrete choice experiments a valid ex ante tool? World Development
Volume 94 Issue 7 pp 478-491

Qualitative and quantitative evidence on the true local welfare costs of forest conservation in Madagascar: Are discrete choice experiments a valid ex ante tool?

Published 1 June 2017