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An Economic Analysis of Twitching Behaviour and Species Rarity

Brock, Michael, Fraser, Iain M, Law, Tsz Wing, Mitchell, Simon, Roberts, David L. (2020) An Economic Analysis of Twitching Behaviour and Species Rarity. Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy, . ISSN 2160-6544. E-ISSN 2160-6552. (doi:10.1080/21606544.2020.1782269) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:81818)

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Abstract

Avid birdwatchers, or ‘twitchers’, expend a considerable amount of money and time pursuing viewing experiences of rare or vagrant species. By vagrant species we mean a species found outside its normal range/distribution. To enhance our understanding of this form of behaviour, we present results from a UK survey of twitchers. First, we examine the relationship between cost and rarity based on actual viewing experiences. Our statistical results reveal that the relationship between cost and rarity is positive and very inelastic. Second, we present results from a hypothetical Best-Worst Scaling exercise examining aspects of species rarity. We find that rarity is a more nuanced construct than simply the frequency with which a vagrant species has appeared. Our results provide insights into the meaning of rarity, as well as the economic value attach to it and why.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/21606544.2020.1782269
Uncontrolled keywords: Twitching, rarity, travel cost valuation, best-worst scaling
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: Iain Fraser
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2020 12:35 UTC
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2020 11:51 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/81818 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Fraser, Iain M: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4689-6020
Roberts, David L.: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6788-2691
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