Data for "A Primer on Nonmarket Valuation"
Chapter 12: "Benefit Transfer: Issues in Application" by Randy Rosenberger and John Loomis
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Data Type & Description
Meta-analysis literature review is the statistical summarization and synthesis of documented (published and unpublished) empirical research. Meta-regression analysis uses regression techniques to explore and measure the influence of observable characteristics of empirical research.
The research project for which this database was developed targeted economic measures of outdoor recreation use values in the United States and Canada. Keyword searches in a wide range of electronic databases such as American Economic Association's EconLit, First Search, the University of Michigan's Dissertation and Master's Abstracts, and Water Resources Abstract Index were conducted. Gray literature was searched using conference proceedings, Carson et al.'s (1994) contingent valuation method bibliography, as well as the researchers' collections of working papers and journal article reprints. Papers were screened for relevance (i.e., whether they contained use value estimates for outdoor recreation activities with study sites in the United States or Canada). A concerted effort was placed on locating documented value measures for the 1988 to 1998 period. A master coding sheet was developed containing 126 fields covering six categories: (1) citation; (2) value measures; (3) attributes of the value measures; (4) attributes of valuation methodology; (5) attributes of study sites; and (6) attributes of sample populations. This database was then merged with MacNair's (1993) database that coded and expanded upon Walsh et al.'s (1988) database. The database provided here is restricted to those variables used in the meta-regression analysis discussed in the accompanying book and references listed in this table.
Walsh, R.G., D.M. Johnson and J.R.
McKean. 1988. Review of Outdoor Recreation Economic Demand Studies with
Nonmarket Benefit Estimates, 1968-1988. Technical Report No. 54. Fort
Collins, CO: Colorado State University, Department of Agricultural and
A codebook describes how the data were coded for entry.
Use Values Codebook
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Use Values Data
Literature Related to Data Set
Rosenberger, Randall S.; Loomis, John B. 2001. Benefit
transfer of outdoor recreation use values: A technical document supporting
the Forest Service Strategic Plan (2000 revision). Gen. Tech. Rep.
RMRS-GTR-72. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest
Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 59 p.
Rosenberger, Randall S. and John B. Loomis. 2000. Panel stratification in meta-analysis of economic studies: An investigation of its effects in the recreation valuation literature. Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics 32(3):459-470.
Rosenberger, Randall S. and John B. Loomis. 2000. Using meta-analysis for benefit transfer: In-sample convergent validity tests of an outdoor recreation database. Water Resources Research 36(4):1097-1107.
Shrestha, Ram K. and John B. Loomis. 2001. Testing a meta-analysis model for benefit transfer in international outdoor recreation. Ecological Economics 39(1):67-83.