This study tests the stability of environmental preferences and willingness to pay (WTP) values using a discrete choice experiment (DCE) across three countries pre and post the peak of the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. A DCE examining the public's preferences for alternative environmental management plans on the high seas, in the area of the Flemish Cap, was carried out in Canada, Scotland and Norway in late 2019 and was rerun in early May 2020 shortly after the Covid-19 pandemic had officially peaked in the three countries. The same choice set sequence is tested across the two periods, using different but nationally representative samples in each case. Entropy balancing, a multivariate reweighting method, is used to achieve covariate balance between the pre and post Covid samples in the analysis. The results suggest that both preferences and WTP remain relatively stable in the face of a major public health crisis and economic upheaval.
Hynes, S., Armstrong, C., Xuan, B., Ankamah-Yeboah, I., Simpson, K., Tinch, R. & Ressurreição, A. 2021, 'Have environmental preferences and willingness to pay remained stable before and during the global Covid-19 shock?', Ecological Economics, 189, article no: 107142. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2021.107142