Aestimum 72 (2018)
Original Articles - Appraisal and rural economics

Estimating preferences for controlling beach erosion in Sicily

Maria De Salvo
Università di Catania
Giovanni Signorello
Università di Catania
Giuseppe Cucuzza
Università di Catania
Diego Begalli
Università di Verona
Lara Agnoli
Burgundi School of Business
Published September 21, 2018

Abstract

This study applied discrete-choice experiments to estimate preferences for a program aimed at reducing the retreatment of the sandy beach at “Lido di Noto”, a renowned Sicilian bathing resort close to Noto (Italy). Econometric analysis of data was based on Multinomial Logit (MNL), Latent Class (LC) and Mixed Logit (MXL) models. Findings shown that users appreciated the advancement of the current coastline through nourishment, and negatively perceived the construction of emerged sea barriers. MXL and LC models revealed that preferences were heterogeneous.

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