ENVECHO VIII European Workshop on Discrete Choice Experiments

Celebrated at the Department of Business Administration, University of Verona on September 30 - October 1, 2019


Department of Business Administration, University of Verona


Diego Begalli


Claudia Bazzani, Elena Claire Ricci


David Hoyos, Petr Mariel, Jürgen Meyerhoff and Mara Thiene

Monday Sep. 30
Chair: Jürgen Meyerhoff

Diego Begalli: Opening session


Julian Sagebiel: Consequentiality in Discrete Choice Experiments: New insights from two surveys on urban green


Søren Bøye Olsen: Ecosystem service outcome uncertainty and risk preferences in CE


Cristiano Franceschinis: Time allocation for recreational activities: a discrete-continuous approach


Coffee break

Chair: David Hoyos

Mikolaj Czajkovski: Endogeneity of self-reported consequentiality in stated preference studies


Jurgen Meyerhoff: Site choice when there are no sites: preferences for close to home forest recreation


Erlend Sandorf: Identifying consideration sets through search for alternatives



Chair: Petr Mariel

Verity Watson: Using Discrete Choice Experiments to Value Health and Health Care. Review of current state of art.


Coffee break

Chair: Søren Bøye Olsen

Sandra Notaro: What’s the weather like? Understanding the Influence of Ambient Weather in Discrete Choice Experiments


Danny Campbell: Sampling choice data from geo-referenced populations: issues to consider


VALIDVALUES members meeting

Tuesday Oct. 01
Chair: Danny Campbell

Claudia Bazzani: Edible food packaging: behavioural factors influencing consumer preference formation


Marcella Veronesi: Behavioral Factors and Ethical Food Consumption: The Role of Guilt and Shame


Ulf Liebe: One Justice for All? Environmental Pollution and Different Notions of Distributive Justice


Coffee break

Chair: Mara Thiene

Mara Thiene: Valuing multifunctional role of soil: a comparison of Italian and Australian householders' preferences.


Petr Mariel: R Markdown: fully reproducible documents.

Chair: Managing board

Closing session




envecho members meeting - David Hoyos: Best Practice Recommendations


ENVECHO VII European Workshop on Discrete Choice Experiments

Celebrated at the Department of Agricultural, Food and Environment at the University of Catania on October 1 - 2, 2018


Department of Agricultural, Food and Environment at the University of Catania


Giovanni Signorello, Maria DeSalvo


David Hoyos, Petr Mariel, Jürgen Meyerhoff and Mara Thiene

Monday Oct. 01
Chair: Jürgen Meyerhoff

Giovanni Signorello, Maria DeSalvo: Opening Session


Thijs Dekker: Participatory budgeting a new tool to elicit preferences and values for environmental policies


Gianluca Grilli: Consequential expectations and survey engagement: preliminary results


Sandra Notaro: More than fear: Exploring the Role of Emotions on Stated Preferences for Wildlife Conservation


Coffee break

Chair: David Hoyos

Mikolaj Czajkovski: Replication and robustness to alternative treatment of unobserved preference heterogeneity in DCE studies


Ivana Logar: Does attribute order influence attribute non-attendance in discrete choice experiments?


Søren Bøye Olsen: Incentivizing the quality of responses instead of quantity of responses in web-based DCE surveys



Chair: Maria DeSalvo

Petr Mariel: Correlated or uncorrelated coefficients in a RPL model


Ainhoa Vega: Using shiny web apps for DCE online


Marek Giergiczny: External Tests of Scope in Choice Experiments


Coffee break

Chair: Petr Mariel

Mara Thiene: Antecedent Volition and spatial effects: can multiple goal pursuit mitigate distance decay


Jette Bredahl Jacobsen: A cross-country comparison of RP and SP estimated recreational values


Jurgen Meyerhoff: Individual decision styles and impact on choices regarding a good environmental status of the Baltic Sea

Tuesday Oct. 02
Chair: Mara Thiene

Riccardo Scarpa: A Monte Carlo Evaluation of the Logit-Mixed Logit under Asymmetry and Multimodality


Alberto Longo : Short term and long term benefits of energy security: WTP and WTA


Michela Faccioli: More in good condition or less in bad condition: framing effects in the valuation of ecosystem restoration


Coffee break

Chair: Jette Bredahl Jacobsen

Klaus Glenk: WTP overshooting in DCE


Claudia Bazzani: Accounting for resolvable uncertainty: does it matter?


Maria DeSalvo: A pseudo-panel analysis of heterogeneity in revealed preferences for hunting

Chair: Managing board

Closing session





Choice Modelling in Environmental Research: Challenges, Applications and New Trends

Celebrated at the University of Bern (Switzerland) on September 25-26, 2017


University of Bern, Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
University of Bern, Institute of Sociology
Swiss National Science Foundation

Participants and Presentations

Michel Bierlaire (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne): Calculating indicators with Biogeme

Jette Bredahl Jacobsen (University of Copenhagen): Co-benefits and preferences for climate change policies

Danny Campbell (University of Stirling): Spatial sampling strategies for discrete choice experiments

Caspar Chorus (TU Delft): Taboo Trade-Off Aversion in Discrete Choice Experiments: A Case Study in the Domain of Transport Policy

Clau Dermont (University of Bern): Decision-Making in Direct Democracy: The Influence of Detailed Policy Information in Energy Policy

Stephane Hess (University of Leeds): Quo vadis choice modelling in environmental research: more of the same or brave new departures?

David Hoyos (University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU): Understanding public preferences for ecosystem services with discrete choice experiments

Maarten Kroesen (TU Delft): The value of general and specific attitudes in predicting travel choice behavior

Ulf Liebe (University of Bern): Potentials of Using Discrete Choice Experiments in Sociological and Political Science Research

Petr Mariel (University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU): The influence of the number of choice alternatives

Jürgen Meyerhoff (TU Berlin): Can cheap talk nail down fat tails?

Soren Olsen (University of Copenhagen): Using choice models for benefit function transfer – A test of different approaches

Julian Sagebiel (Humboldt University Berlin): Spatial Interpolation of Willingness to Pay

Maria DeSalvo (University of Catania): Rock climbers and risk: preliminary results from a choice experiment study

Erlend Sandorf (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå): The effect of the attribute-by-alternative matrix display for choice cards

Mara Thiene (University of Padua): Flexible choice models: a Monte Carlo study and an empirical application


Warsaw V Workshop on Discrete Choice Modelling

Celebrated at the University of Warsaw (Poland) on October 5-6, 2016


University of Warsaw Foundation
Department of Economics

Wednesday 5.10.2016
Session 1: Spatially explicit DCE

Wiktor Budzinski, Danny Campbell, Mikolaj Czajkowski, Urška Demšar, Nick Hanley: The overview of methods to account for spatially explicit preference heterogeneity

Danny Campbell, Wiktor Budzinski, Mikolaj Czajkowski, Nick Hanley: Using spatial latent class models to identify willingness to pay hot and cold spots

Julian Sagebiel, Klaus Glenk, Robert Johnston, Jürgen Meyerhoff: Comparing methods to account for spatial heterogeneity in discrete choice experiments

Danny Campbell: Spatial sampling strategies: should we be using them

Session 2: Technical and methodological issues I

David Hoyos: Dealing with endoneity in DCEs

Wiktor Budzinski, Mikolaj Czajkowski: Hybrid Choice Models and accounting for the endogeneity of indicator variables: a Monte Carlo investigation

Tobias Borger, Joseph Cook: The importance of variable order when constraining correlation patterns between random parameters

Marco Boeri, Alberto Longo: The impact on welfare analysis of not modelling scale heterogeneity: a Monte Carlo experiment

Session 3: Random regret

Keynote address
Caspar G. Chorus, Sander van Cranenburgh, Cristian Angelo Guevara: New insights on random regret minimization models

Marco Boeri, Alberto Longo: Information and choice paradigms in the preferences for renewable energy

Romain Crastes: What do we gain from introducing different decision rules in non-market valuation?

Marco Boeri, Alberto Longo: The regret of not modelling regret in choice experiments: a Monte Carlo investigation.

Special Session

Petr Mariel: Basic discrete choice models in R

Thursday 6.10.2016
Session 4: SP elicitation theory and methodology

Keynote address
Carlsson, Mitesh Kataria, Elina Lampi: Old and new aspects of respondent behavior in stated preference surveys

Ulf Liebe, Klaus Glenk: Are the Effects of Real Incentives in Stated Choice Experiments Context Dependent? A Comparison of Choice Behavior in Online and Field Environments

Romain Crastes, Pierre-Alexandre Mahieu, Jordan Louviere, Ewa Zawojska: Rewarding truthful-telling in stated preference studies

Katarzyna Zagórska, Mikolaj Czajkowski, Nick Hanley, Jacob LaRiviere, Natalia Letki: Do social norms matter for environmental preferences?

Søren Bøye Olsen, Kennet Uggeldahl: Show me the money

Morten Raun Mørkbak: Time preferences and DCE

Ulf Liebe: A different approach to stated choice experiments: new developments in political science

14:30 - 15:00
Special Session

Jürgen Meyerhoff: Good practice recommendations for DCE beginners - but not only

Session 5: Technical and methodological issues II

Jürgen Meyerhoff, Katrin Rehdanz, Christine Bertram: Preference matching effects - it's always good to have more choice options, isn't it?

Søren Bøye Olsen, Kennet Uggeldahl: DCE, eyetracking and "gaze-contingency"

Danny Campbell: Speedy Gonzales! Some thoughts on speeders and what to do with them

Mikolaj Czajkowski, Wiktor Budzinski: The effects of different specifications of standard deviations in the MXL model

Mikolaj Czajkowski, Wiktor Budzinski: Choice task blocking and design efficiency

Marco Boeri, Juan Marcos Gonzalez: Functional forms considerations in Maximum Acceptable Risk calculations

Morten Raun Mørkbak, Line Bjørnskov Pedersen, Riccardo Scarpa: Handling resolvable uncertainty from incomplete choice set scenarios - choice probabilities versus discrete choices

17:15 - 17:30

Mikolaj Czajkowski: Closing Session


Copenhagen IV Workshop on Discrete Choice Modelling

Celebrated at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark) on January 26-27, 2015


Mara Thiene, Mikolaj Czajkowski, Jürgen Meyerhoff, David Hoyos, Petr Mariel, Klaus Glenk, Thijs Dekker, Jette Bredahl Jacobsen, Riccardo Scarpa, Mogens Fosgerau, Thomas Lundhede, Søren Bøye Olsen, Kennet Uggeldahl, Habtamu Tilahun Kassahun, Suzanne Vedel, Anne Kejser, Fitalew Taye, Ole Bonnichsen

Monday 26.1.2015

Welcome and practical information


Mogens Fosgerau: Theory of DCM: properties of maximum utility


Coffee break


Riccardo Scarpa: The EM algorithm




Discussion: The ongoing work with “Developing contemporary standards for stated-preference valuation”

  • What is the current status? (Update from Riccardo Scarpa)
  • Aspects of particular importance for environmental choice modelling, and in particular for our group?
  • Is there any feedback we should report back to "The Istanbul Seven"?
  • Any actions we need to take?

Coffee break


Chair: Thomas Lundhede - Paper Session 1

Klaus Glenk: Capturing spatial preferences for peatland restoration: challenges for survey design and experimental design

Mara Thiene: Choice set formation for outdoor destinations: the role of motivations and preference discrimination in site selection for the management of public expenditures on protected areas

Søren Bøye Olsen: Statistical versus response efficiency in efficient experimental designs for discrete choice experiments

Kennet Uggeldahl: Uncertainty in Stated Choice Experiments: Will Eye-Tracking provide useful measures?

18:00 onwards

Workshop + Dinner

Tuesday 27.1.2015

Thijs Dekker: Bayesian modelling


Coffee break


Chair: Jette Bredahl Jacobsen - Paper Session 2

David Hoyos: Nonlinearities in the utility function: issues and challenges

Jürgen Meyerhoff: Disentangling the Status Quo and Zero Price Effect in Stated Choice Experiments

Mikołaj Czajkowski: Should we go hybrid? Investigating the extent of the bias resulting from direct incorporation of attitudinal measures into stated choice models

Petr Mariel: Impulsivity and task complexity in environmental valuation: A comparison of hybrid and random parameter choice model

Habtamu T. Kassahun: An Integrated Choice and Latent Variable Approach to Valuing Reliable Irrigation Services: Accounting for Expectations of Future Irrigation Productivity


Closing session and planning of next years' workshop




Padova III Workshop on Discrete Choice Modelling

Celebrated at the University of Padova (Italy) on February 3-4, 2014


University of Padua, Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry Conference


Mara Thiene


David Hoyos, Petr Mariel and Jürgen Meyerhoff

Monday 3.2.2014

Welcome – Alessandro Martin, Vice-Rector for International Relations


Chair: Mara Thiene - Random Regret Minimization

Marco Boeri, Mara Thiene: Outdoor recreations and risk: Is the choice among Alpine sites a matter of Utility maximization, Regret minimization or both?

Stephane Hess: Maximise your utility by minimising regret: contrasts between two behavioural paradigms

Thijs Dekker, Caspar G. Chorus: Insights into the Value of Time for Random Regret Minimization models

Chair: Mara Thiene - Latent Variable Models

Anna Bartczak, Susan Chilton, Petr Mariel and Jürgen Meyerhoff : The impact of latent risk preferences on valuing preservation of threatened lynx populations in Poland.

Mara Thiene, Cam Rungie, Riccardo Scarpa: The influences of individuals in joint decisions: recreation in the Alps in Italy


Lunch break

13:30 – 18:00

Chair: David Hoyos - Random Regret Minimization

Designing choice experiments: incentive incompatibility, choice complexity and path dependency

Malte Oehlmann, Priska Weller, Jürgen Meyerhoff: Complexity-induced Status Quo Effects in Discrete Choice Experiments

Malte Oehlmann, Geesche Merkle, Jürgen Meyerhoff: Institutions and Incentive Compatibility - Results form a Choice Experiment Regarding Externalities of Renewables

Thomas Hedemark Lundhede, Jette Bredahl Jacobsen, Bo Jellesmark Thorsen, Nick Hanley, Niels Strange: Path dependency and valuation

Chair: Petr Mariel - The impact of on-line surveys

Søren Bøye Olsen, Jürgen Meyerhoff: The influence of time-of-day and blood sugar levels on the response quality obtained in internet surveys

Klaus Glenk, Malte Oehlmann, Ulf Liebe, Jürgen Meyerhoff: Impact of use of mobile devices in completing online choice experiments

Tuesday 4.2.2014

Chair: Jürgen Meyerhoff - Specific topics in DCM

Riccardo Scarpa: Non-parametric estimation in wtp space

Stephane Hess, Marek Giergiczny: Intra-respondent heterogeneity in stated choice surveys and contrasts with uncertainty in contingent valuation: the case of wetland conservation in Belarus

Chair: Jürgen Meyerhoff - Choice inconsistencies and learning effects

Marek Giergiczny: Testing the consistency (or lack thereof) between choices in best-worst surveys

Sergio Colombo, Klaus Glenk, Beatriz Rocamora: Using price cutoffs to correct choice inconsistencies

Mikołaj Czajkowski: The Value of Familiarity: Effects of Experience and Knowledge on Willingness to Pay for a Public Good

Mara Thiene: Closing session


Berlin II Workshop on Discrete Choice Modelling

Celebrated at the TU Berlin (Germany) on February 4-5, 2013


Technichal University of Berlin Institute for Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, Chair in Environmental and Land Economics


Jürgen Meyerhoff


David Hoyos, Petr Mariel and Mara Thiene

Monday 4.2.2013

Chair: Jürgen Meyerhoff - Preference heterogeneity and willingness to pay issues

Marco Boeri: The impacts on welfare analysis of assuming variance and taste homogeneity when scale is actually heterogeneous: a Monte Carlo experiment.

Mikołaj Czajkowski, Richard Carson: A New Baseline Model for Simulating Willingness to Pay from Discrete Choice Models (with Richard Carson)

Sergio Colombo, Klaus Glenk: Which is the impact on WTP of allowing respondents to review their previous choice if they violate individually stated price cutoffs?

Sonia Akter, Michael Ward, Tom Kompas: 'Resilience of choice experiment estimates to natural disasters: A natural experiment

12:30 Lunch break

Chair: Petr Mariel - Attribute attendance

Mara Thiene, Riccardo Scarpa, Jordan Louviere: Exploring the effects of experimental designs on preferences in energy economics: the case of greenhouse gas reduction and solar panels

Riccardo Scarpa: Attribute non-attendance using Monte Carlo results

Stefan M. Flügel: Self-selection to attribute values as an explanation for unexpected Box-Cox-Parameters in mode choice models

Stephane Hess: Stop attending to non-attendance

Chair: Mara Thiene - Hybrid choice models

Jette Bredahl Jacobsen: Incorporating Provision Uncertainty in Choice Experiment Valuation Studies by the use of a hybrid model

Stephane Hess, Amanda Stathopoulos: Linking response quality to survey engagement: a combined random scale and latent variable approach

Petr Mariel, Jürgen Meyerhoff: Latent variable choice model for landscape externalities of wind power generation

David Hoyos, Petr Mariel, Stephane Hess: Incorporating latent variables in discrete choice models: issues and challenges

Tuesday 5.2.2013

Chair: David Hoyos - Designing choice experiments

Malte Oehlmann, Priska Weller, Jürgen Meyerhoff: The influence of design dimensions on stated choices – an example from environmental valuation using a design-of-designs approach

Søren Bøye Olsen: Discuss concerns how / if we can incentivize CE surveys

Xianwen Chena, Frode Alfnesa, Kyrre Rickertsena: Effect of negative environmental information to French consumers’ value for eco-labeled and non-labeled fish

Jürgen Meyerhoff, Klaus Glenk: Learning how to choose – effects of instruction choice sets in discrete choice experiments

Jürgen Meyerhoff: What next? Who’s next?


Bilbao I European Workshop on Discrete Choice Experiments

Celebrated at the University of the Basque Country (Spain) on February, 23-24, 2012


Econometric Research Group and University of the Basque Country

Chair and co-chair

Petr Mariel and David Hoyos


Jürgen Meyerhoff and Mara Thiene

Local organizing comitee

Amaia de Ayala and Pablo Gálvez

Thursday 23.2.2012
12:00-14:00 Registration + coffee + sandwiches
Session (1) 14:00-16:00

Chair: Petr Mariel (starting with a short Welcome)

Campbell, D., Jacobsen, J.B., Thorsen, B.J., Vedel, S.E.: Heterogeneity in the value of increased recreational access

Cati Torres, Sergio Colombo, and Nick Hanley: Incorrectly accounting for taste heterogeneity in choice experiments: Does it really matter?

Ulf Liebe: The Measurement of Attitudes: Theoretical Background, Methodological Challenges and Applications in Choice Experiments

David Hoyos, P.Mariel, S. Hess: Attitudinal scales and how to include them in DCE

16:00-16:30 Coffee break
Session (2) 16:30-19:30

Chair: David Hoyos

Stephane Hess: Can scale be separated in random coefficient models?

Ståle Navrud: What price for Happy Salmon?

Klaus Glenk, Jacqueline Potts, Julia Martin-Ortega: The use of Bayesian methods in benefits ‘transfer’

Marco Boeri & Mara Thiene: Outdoor recreations: Is the choice among Alpine sites a matter of Utility maximization, Regret minimization or both?

20:00-23:00 Dinner - Meeting (Restaurant Casa Vasca)
Friday 24.2.2012
Session (3) 9:30-10:00

Chair: Mara Thiene

Sergio Colombo, Klaus Glenk: Dealing with attribute processing strategies in choice experiments

Sergio Colombo , Nick Hanley and Mike Christi: Attribute no attendance at choice sequence level. Do people do what they say?

Olsen, S. B.: Have you ignored any attributes 11:00-11:30 Coffee break

Session (4) 11:30-13:30

Chair: Jürgen Meyerhoff

Jürgen Meyerhoff: First results concerning a potential starting point bias and some questions with respect to an updated Bayesian experimental design

Petr Mariel, P. Gálvez, D. Hoyos: Results of simulation experiment on the Fosgerau and Bierlaire's test

Rungie, C., Scarpa, R., Thiene, M.: The influence of individuals in forming collective household preferences for water quality

Wrap-up session

What’s next: To continue or not to continue?


Sandwiches + coffee