Économie et Statistique n° 373 - 2004 Family support - An attempt at a quantification and valuation of voluntary work - An economic evaluation of the landscape - Evaluation of the equalising performance of central government financial assistance to the communs
An Economic Evaluation of the Landscape
The Breton landscape of Monts d'Arrée has experienced extensive changes in recent years, leading local institutions to envisage special landscape measures. In a climate of growing environmental concerns and economic awareness of the landscape issue, the multi-attribute choice method is applied to the economic evaluation of the Monts d'Arrée landscape. Based on tourists' preferences for the area's landscape attributes expressed by a field survey we estimate willingness to pay for changes to these attributes (boggy moors, non-traditional building and a landscape of small fields and hedges). The multi-attribute choice evaluation method has rarely been applied to the environmental economy and is presented here with an emphasis on the usefulness of this technique for evaluating a good such as the rural landscape. Certain findings are original in that they bring to light a moor-attribute use conflict between local managers and tourists, which raises the question as to what grounds justify implementing a landscape measure. The ratio of indirect utility to the monetary attribute is also analysed based on the idea of moral satisfaction procured by financing a public good such as the protection and restoration of a landscape.