The impact of nature documentaries on public environmental preferences and willingness to pay: entropy balancing and the blue planet II effect

Hynes, S., Ankamah Yeboah, I., O'Neill, S., Needham, K., Xuan, B. B. and Armstrong, C. (2021) The impact of nature documentaries on public environmental preferences and willingness to pay: entropy balancing and the blue planet II effect. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 64(8), pp. 1428-1456. (doi: 10.1080/09640568.2020.1828840)

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Abstract

In this study, the discrete choice experiment approach was employed in a survey of the Scottish general public to analyze how respondents make tradeoffs between blue growth potential and marine ecosystem service delivery associated with the Mingulay cold water reef complex. Results indicate a higher willingness to pay for management options associated with the highest possible levels of marine litter control followed by the highest possible levels of fish health. Using entropy balancing, a multivariate reweighting method to produce balanced samples in observational studies, we also test the impact that having watched the BBC Blue Planet II documentary series may have had on individuals’ willingness to support marine conservation activity. Whether or not respondents had seen the BBC Blue Planet II series was found to have a significant impact on people’s preferences. Despite this, the willingness to pay (WTP) does not differ between the two groups, suggesting that such documentaries may impact preferences but not the final action of WTP. It is argued that the entropy weighting approach can be a useful tool in discrete choice modeling when the researcher is concerned with estimating differences in preferences between a group of interest and a comparison group.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This work has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 678760 (ATLAS).
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Simpson, Dr Katherine
Authors: Hynes, S., Ankamah Yeboah, I., O'Neill, S., Needham, K., Xuan, B. B., and Armstrong, C.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
Journal Name:Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:0964-0568
ISSN (Online):1360-0559
Published Online:23 November 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 Newcastle University
First Published:First published in Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 64(8): 1428-1456
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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