Are public preferences for pasture landscapes heterogeneous? Results of a discrete choice experiment in Germany

The development of the extent and the usage of pasture land has become a topic of increasing interest from several perspectives. In comparison to the pasture extent, where political actions seek to protect and preserve pasture land, the usage form faces a broader public discussion. Here, many stakeholders express a preference of the usage of pastures by using grazing techniques. Despite the relevance, grazing livestock is rarely considered in research on public landscape preferences. By using the methods of discrete choice experiments (DCE), this study deepens the understanding of the German public preferences for pasture land. Based on a representative sample, the main results indicate that there is a general preference and WTP for livestock presence in the landscape in Germany. The mean WTP does not depend on the livestock density. Still it is found that scale heterogeneity is present in the sample. The paper discusses the relevant implications which follow from this result. Further, the paper discusses the possible differences in the study outcomes when using different econometric models. Here, the results indicate that future DCE applications on landscape preferences should consider econometrics models which account for scale heterogeneity. This could improve the understanding of the preference structures. Acknowledgement : The study was supported by the Ministry for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony (MWK) within the collaborative research project SAM, Analysis of Dairy Production: Grazing versus Indoor Housing of Dairy Cows, Support Code: ZN 2864

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