Abstract

This study investigates whether public and expert preferences diverge in a valuation of two marine reserves in Western Australia. Identical choice experiments are applied to a sample of marine scientists and the Western Australian community. Evidence of both divergence and convergence between public and expert values is found, with public awareness factors helping to explain differences of opinion. This result implies that, in instances of divergence, it may be preferable to support potential environmental policies through community awareness campaigns, rather than using uninformed public preferences in policy design.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1543-8325
Print ISSN
0023-7639
Pages
pp. 346-370
Launched on MUSE
2013-03-13
Open Access
No
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