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17th Annual BIOECON Conference
Experimental and Behavioural Economics
and the Conservation of Biodiversity
and Ecosystem Services

13-15 September 2015
Kings College, Cambridge
United Kingdom


DAY 1:
DAY 2:
14.00 - 19.30

Kings College
7.45 - 8.45
Breakfast Breakfast
8.00 - 8.45
Registration Checkout
8.45 - 9.00
Welcome Address
Final Announcement
9.00 - 10.00
Plenary Session 1 Plenary Session 2
10.00 - 10.30
Coffee break Coffee break
10.30 - 12.30
Parallel Sessions A1 - A4
Parallel Sessions D1 - D4
12.30 - 13.30
Lunch Lunch
13.30 - 15.00
Parallel Sessions B1 - B4
Plenary Policy Session 2
15.00 - 15.30
Coffee break Coffee break
15.30 - 17.00
Parallel Sessions C1 - C4 Parallel Sessions E1 - E4
17.00 - 18.30
Plenary Policy Session 1  
18.30 - 19.30
BIOECON internal meetings  
19.15 - 20.00
Pre-dinner Drinks  
20.00 - 22.00
Social Dinner

Sunday 13 September 2015

14:00 – 19:30 Registration                                                                                                                     Conference Office

18:00 - 19:30 Welcome Cocktail                                                                                                                        Back Lawn




Monday 14 September 2015

08:00 – 08:45 Registration                                                                                                                     Conference Office

08:45 – 9:00 Welcome Address – OPENING BIOECON XVII


09:00 – 10:00 PLENARY SESSION 1                                                                                                             Keynes Hall

Chair:  Ben Groom

Keynote Address

Prof. Daan van Soest, University of Tilburg, The Netherlands
On the (ir-) relevance of other-regarding preferences in environmental and resource conservation problems

10:00 – 10:30 Coffee break                                                                                    Chetwynd Room


10:30 – 12.30 PARALLEL SESSIONS A1 – A4

10:30 – 12.30 PARALLEL SESSION A1 - Agri Environmental Payments: Contract Design & Participation

                                                                                                              Beves Room

Chair:  Geraldine Murphy      

Cost-Effectiveness of Alternative Payment and Auction Designs for Biodiversity Conservation in Agriculture
Discussant: Martin Drechsler

Frank WÄTZOLD, Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany
The Cost-Effective Length of Contracts for Payments to Compensate Land Owners for Biodiversity Conservation Measures
Discussant: Rosa Mato Amboage

Rosa MATO AMBOAGE, University of York, UK
Cooperation and Risk Sharing in Public-Private Partnerships for the Management in Invasive Species
Discussant: Geraldine Murphy

Geraldine MURPHY, Teagasc Rural Economy and Development Programme, Ireland
Modelling the Participation Decision in Agri-Environmental Schemes
Discussant: Jussi Lankoski


10:30 – 12.30  PARALLEL SESSION A2 - Payments for Environmental Services: Impact Analysis   

Chair:  Rodrigo Arriagada                                                                                        Keynes Seminar Room 2

Sebastien DESBUREAUX, Université d’Auvergne-CERDI, Clermont-Ferrand, France
How Protected Areas Reduce Deforestation? An Exploration of the Economic and Political Mechanisms for Madagascar's Rainforests (2001-12)
Discussant: Saudamini Das


Saudamini DAS, Institute of Economic Growth, India
Value of Planted Mangroves as Nursery and Habitat for Artisanal and Commercial Fishery
Discussant: Luz Rodriguez


Luz RODRIGUEZ, Duke University, USA.
Creating New, Local Ecopayments Institutions in Mexico: A Framed Field Experiment on Trust, Sanctions & Local Coordination
Discussant: Rodrigo Arriagada


Rodrigo ARRIAGADA, Department of Agricultural Economics, Center for Applied Ecology and Sustainability, Interdisciplinary Center for Intercultural and Indigenous Studies, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Creating Protected Areas on Public Lands: Is there Room for Additional Conservation?
Discussant: Sebastien Desbureaux



10:30 – 12.30  PARALLEL SESSION A3  -  Experiments and Behaviour in Conservation

Chair: Benjamin Gramig
                                                                                             Saltmarsh Dining Room

Maria LOUREIRO, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Sharing the Gains and Sharing the Pains in Forest Management
Discussant: Marc Conte

Marc CONTE, Fordham University, USA
Quality Information and Procurement Auction Outcomes: Evidence from a Payment for Ecosystem Services Laboratory Experiment
Discussant: George Hutchinson

George HUTCHINSON, Gibson Institute for Land, Food and Environment, and Institute for Global Food Security, and UKCRC Centre of Excellence for Public Health (NI), Queen’s University Belfast, UK
Time Preference Risk Preferences and Behavioral Response to Health Services of a Park Land Ecosystem: An Experimental Economics Approach
Discussant: Benjamin Gramig

Benjamin GRAMIG, Purdue University, USA
Framing Conservation Tillage: The Role of Economic, Altruistic and Environmental Values
Discussant: Maria Loureiro 


10:30 – 12.30  PARALLEL SESSION A4   -   Field Experiments in Conservation Payments

Chair: Kent Messer                                                                                               
Saltmarsh Reception Room


Nick HANLEY, University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK
The Effects of Peer Group Information and Group Size on Spatial Coordination in Agri-Environment Schemes: A Laboratory Experimental Study of the Agglomeration Bonus
Discussant: Philippe Le Coent


Philippe LE COENT, LAMETA, Université Montpellier 1, LAMETA, France
Can collective conditionally improve agri-environmental contracts? Insights from experimental economics
Discussant: Nick Hanley


Raphaele PREGET, INRA- LAMETA, France
Nudges, Social Norms and Performance in Agri-Environmental Schemes
Discussant: Kent Messer


Kent MESSER, University of Delaware, USA
Behavioral Nudges in Competitive Environments: A Field Experiment Examining Defaults and Social Comparisons in a Conservation Contract Auction
Discussant: Raphaele Preget 



12:30 – 13:30    Lunch                                                                                                                      Dining Hall


13:30-15:00 PARALLEL SESSIONS B1 - B4

13:30-15:00 PARALLEL SESSION B1  -  Forests I

Chair: Aino Assmuth                                                                                                                     
Keynes Hall


Joe MAHER, Resources for the Future, USA
Protecting Forests: Is it the Policies or the Actors that Count?
Discussant: Sampo Pihlainen


Sampo PIHLAINEN, University of Helsinki, Finland
Economics of Boreal Scots Pine Stands under Changing Climate
Discussant: Aino Assmuth


Aino ASSMUTH, University of Helsinki, Finland
Continuous Cover Forestry vs. Clearcuts with Optimal Carbon Storage
Discussant: Joe Maher



13:30 – 15.00 PARALLEL SESSION B2  -   Stated Preferences I


Chair: Margrethe Aanesen                                                                                         Keynes Seminar Room 2

Nick HANLEY, University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK
The Effects of Emotions on Preferences and Choices for Environmental Goods
Discussant: Jeremy De Valck

Jeremy DE VALCK, KU Leuven, and Geo-Instituut and Flemish Institute for Technological Research VITO, Belgium
Outdoor Recreation in Various Hypothetical Landscapes: Which site Characteristics really Matter?
Discussant: Margrethe Aanesen


Margrethe AANESEN, University of Tromso – Arctic University of Norway
Interviewer Effects in a Discrete Choice Experiment Implemented as a Valuation Workshop
Discussant: Nick Hanley


13:30-15:00 PARALLEL SESSION B3   -   Experiments in Policy

 Anne Stenger                                                                                                      Saltmarsh Dining Room

David HERES, Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas (CIDE), Mexico
Policy Instrument Choice with Marginal Damages are Uncertain: Evidence from a Laboratory Experiment
Discussant: Prasanjit Banerjee


Prasanjit BANERJEE, University of Manchester, UK
Social rewards and the design of voluntary incentive mechanism for biodiversity protection on farmland
Discussant: Anne Stenger

Anne STENGER, INRA and BETA- University of Strasbourg, France
Are Incentives a Must for Dioversity Conservation? Experimental Results on Long-Lasting Cooperation
Discussant: David Heres


13:30-15:00 PARALLEL SESSION B4   -   Natural Resource Management

Chair: Olli Tahvonen
                                                                                              Saltmarsh Reception Room


Antti-Juhani PEKKARINEN, University of Helsinki, Finland
Winter Pastures and Supplementary Feeding in Managing a Reindeer-Lichen System
Discussant: Anders Skonhoft


Anders SKONHOFT, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
The Silence of the Lambs. Payment for Carnivore Conservation and Sheep Farming
Discussant: Olli Tahvonen


Olli TAHVONEN, University of Helsinki, Finland
Optimality of Continuous Cover vs. Clearcut Regimes in Managing Forest Resources
Discussant: Antti-Juhani Pekkarinen


15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break                                                                                                     Chetwynd Room


15:30 – 17.00 PARALLEL SESSION C1-C4

15:30 – 17.00 PARALLEL SESSION C1   -  Ecosystem Services            


Chair:  Christine Bertram                                                                                                               Beves Room


Moritz DRUPP, University of Kiel, Germany, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK and University of Tübingen, Germany
Estimating the insurance value of ecosystem resilience: Evidence from the Australian Goulburn-Broken Catchment
Discussant: Adam Kleczkowski


Adam KLECZOWSKI, School of Natural Sciences, University of Stirling, UK
Ecological-Economic Modelling of Interactions between Wild and Commercial Bees and Pesticide Use
Discussant: Christine Bertram


Christine BERTRAM, Kiel Institute, Germany
Biodiversity and Optimal Multi-Species Ecosystem Management
Discussant: Moritz Drupp



15:30 – 17.00  PARALLEL SESSION C2   -   International Environmental Agreements

Chair:  Greer Gosnell                                                                                                Keynes Seminar Room 2

Hans-Peter WEIKARD, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
International Cooperation for Biodiversity Conservation when Spatial Structures Matter
Discussant: Julia Hoffmann


Julia HOFFMANN, University of Kiel, Germany
Bargaining over Resource Regulation: Total Allowable Catch Setting in the European Common Fisheries Policy
Discussant: Greer Gosnell


Greer GOSNELL, London School of Economics, UK
Heterogeneity and Side Deals in Climate Negotiations: Evidence from a Bargaining Experiment
Discussant: Hans-Peter Weikard



15:30 – 17.00 PARALLEL SESSION C3  -  Payments for Environmental Services

Chair:  David Simpson                           
                                                                     Saltmarsh Dining Room


Ernst-August NUPPENAU, University of Giessen, Germany
Ecological-Economic Valuation of Prestigious Species in Case of Human-Wildlife Conflicts: The Elephant Example
Discussant: Frank Wätzold


Frank WÄTZOLD, Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus‐Senftenberg, Germany
Land of Biodiversity Conservation - to Buy or Borrow?
Discussant: David Simpson


David SIMPSON, National Center for Environmental Economics, United States Environmental Protection Agency, USA
Developing "Reality Checks" on Ecosystem Service Values: Characterization and Bounding Results for a Broad Class of Models
Discussant: Ernst-August Nuppenau



15:30 – 17.00 PARALLEL SESSION C4  -  Sustainability and Property


Chair: Martin Quaas                                                                                            Saltmarsh Reception Room


Prasanjit BANERJEE, University of Manchester, UK
Does Bounded Self-interest Matter in Coasean Bargaining over Insecure Property?
Discussant: Asle Gauteplass


Asle GAUTEPLASS, Norwegian University of Technology and Science, Norway
Conflict and Cooperation in an Age Structured Fishery
Discussant: Martin Quaas


Martin QUAAS, University of Kiel, Germany
A Market Mechanism for Sustainable and Efficient Resource Use under Uncertainty
Discussant: Prasanjit Banerjee 


17:00 - 18:30 UNEP SPONSORED EXPERT PANEL: Human Health and Ecosystems Health

Chair / Moderator: Pushpam Kumar, UNEP                                                                                Keynes Hall


Conor KRETSCH, Research Fellow - Centre for Environmental Management School of Geography, University of Nottingham, UK

Rebecca LOVELL, Research Fellow, European Centre for Environment and Human Health Medical School, University of Exeter, UK

Andrew MORSE, Professor of Climate Impacts School of Environmental Sciences, University of Liverpool, UK

Charles PERRINGS, Professor of Environmental Economics School of life sciences, Arizona State University, USA

Panel poster


Scientific and Institutional Partners Meeting                                                                            Beves Room



19:15-20:00     Pre-Dinner Drinks                                                                                                    Back Lawn



20:00-22:00 CONFERENCE SOCIAL DINNER                                                                                  Dining Hall




Tuesday 15 September 2015


08:45 – 9:00 Final Announcement                                                                                                  Keynes Hall

9:00 – 10:00 PLENARY SESSION 2                                                                                                  Keynes Hall

Chair: Ben Groom

Keynote Address

Prof. Jeff Vincent, Duke University, USA
Why Economists Shouldn't Care about Deforestation


10:00 – 10:30 Coffee break                                                                                                     Chetwynd Room



10:30 – 12:30 PARALLEL SESSIONS D1 - D4

10:30 – 12.30 PARALLEL SESSION D1  - Special UNEP Session on Infectious Diseases

Chair: Nick Hanley                                                                                                                           Beves Room


Charles SIMS, Department of Economics University of Tennessee – Knoxville, USA
Taking One for the Team: Is Collective Action More Responsive to Ecological Change?


Ciara DANGERFIELD. Department of Plant Sciences University of Cambridge, UK
An Epidemiological-based Model for Disease Spread within the Real Options Framework: The impact on the Optimal Timing of Treatment


David FINNOFF, College of Business, University of Wyoming, USA
Managing Wildlife Faced with Pathogen Risks Involving Multi-Stable Outcomes


Richard HORAN/, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, Michigan State University, USA; Eli FENICHEL, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, USA
Optimal Management of Livestock and Wildlife Disease. When Livestock Trade Puts Wildlife at Risk


Morag MACPHERSON, University of Stirling, UK
The Optimal Rotation Length of a Production Forest in the Presence of Disease


Eli FENICHEL, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, USA
Where the Wild Things Go: The Impact of Time Reallocation on the Cost and Benefit of School Closures During an Epidemic



10:30 – 12.30   PARALLEL SESSION D2   -   Stated Preferences II: Choice and Behaviour


Chair: Vanja Westerberg                                                                                         Keynes Seminar Room 2


Silvie DANIELS, University of Hasselt, Belgium
Economic Valuation of Natural Predators for the Biological Pest Control of Cacopsylla Pyri in Pear Production, Belgium
Discussant: Sheng-Han-Erin Chang


Sheng-Han-Erin CHANG, Technical University Munich, Germany
Investigating Farmers' Willingness to Participate in the Chemical Fertilizer Reduction Scheme: A Choice Experiment Study in Taiwan
Discussant: Anastasio Villanueva


Anastasio VILLANUEVA, IFAPA, Centre Alameda del Obispo, Spain
Handling Protest Responses when Estimating Willingness to Accept: Farmers' Preferences towards Agri-Environmental Schemes
Discussant: Vanja Westerberg


Vanja WESTERBERG, Earthmind, IUCN Conservation Centre, Switzerland
Valuing Mediterranean seascape and land-use changes with explicit consideration of loss aversion and increasing price sensitivity
Discussant: Silvie Daniels



10:30 – 12.30   PARALLEL SESSION D3 - Stated Preferences III: Behavioural and Methodological Issues

Chair: Tanvir Hussain                                                                                                  Saltmarsh Dining Room


Julian RODE, Helmholtz-Center for Environmental Research, Germany
Can Monetary Valuation Undermine Nature Conservation? Evidence from a Decision Experiment
Discussant: Elisabeth Gsottbauer


Elisabeth GSOTTBAUER, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Social Framing and Cooperation: The Roles and Interaction of Preferences and Beliefs
Discussant: Nick Hanley


Katherine SIMPSON. University of Stirling, UK
Information and Learning and the Subsequent Effects on Public Preferences for Managed Realignment in Scotland
Discussant: Tanvir Hussain


Tanvir HUSSAIN, University of Freiburg, and Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany
Willingness to Pay for Environmental Goods under Uncertainty
Discussant: Julian Rode

10:30 – 12.30  PARALLEL SESSION D4  -  Biodiversity, Environment and Development

Chair: Tanya O'Garra         
                                                                                Saltmarsh Reception Room

Stefan BAUMGÄRTNER, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, and University of Freiburg, Germany
Farm Size, Environmental Risk and Risk Preferences: The Case of Namibian Commercial Cattle Farming
Discussant: Jetske Bouma


Jetske BOUMA, VU University, and Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, the Netherlands
Community Co-Management of Forest Biodiversity - A Framed Field Experiment Amongst the Tsimane', Bolivia
[Please contact author for full paper at ]
Discussant: Yady Barrero

Yady BARRERO, Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia
Gender Heterogeneity in User Groups and Fishing Extraction: Experimental Evidence for a Caribbean Colombian Marsh
Discussant: Tanya O'Garra

Tanya O'GARRA, Center for Research on Environmental Decisions, Earth Institute, Columbia University, USA
The Influence of Social and Psychological Interventions on Collective Action for Water Management: A Framed Field Experiment in India
Discussant: Stefan Baumgärtner


12:30 – 13:30    Lunch                                                                                                                       Dining Hall


13:30 – 15.00 David Pearce Panel Session: 10 years since his death we ask again: "Do we really value biodiversity?"

Chair/Moderator: Tim Swanson                                                                                                    Keynes Hall

Participants: Nick Hanley, David Simpson, James Vause (UNEP WCMC), and others TBA

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break                                                                                                   Chetwynd Room


15:30 – 17:00 PARALLEL SESSIONS E1-E4


15:30 – 17:00 PARALLEL SESSION E1  -  Forests II: Deforestation

Chair: Edwin Van der Werf                                                                                                           Beves Room


Edwin VAN DER WERF, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
The Potential or REDD+ for Carbon Sequestration in Tropical Forests: Supply Curves for Carbon Storage for East-Kalimantan
Discussant: Teevrat Garg


Teevrat GARG, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management, Cornell University, USA
Public Health Effects of Ecosystem Degradation: Evidence from Deforestation in Indonesia
Discussant: Mordechai Shechter


Mordechai SHECHTER, University of Haifa, Israel

Israeli Mediterranean Ecosystem Services Assessment

Discussant: Edwin Van Der Werf



15:30 – 17:00 PARALLEL SESSION E2   -   Biodiversity and Land use

Chair:  Tim Swanson
                                                                                                                       Beves Room


Jim SALZMAN, Duke University, USA
Payments for Ecosystem Services: Past, Present and Future
[Please contact author for full paper at ]
Discussant: Chloé Mulier


A Tale of Two Biodiversities
Discussant: Tim Swanson


Tim SWANSON, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Switzerland
Food Security and Land Use: Conservation Policy in a Technology Driven World
[Please contact author for full paper at ]
Discussant: Jim Salzman



15:30 – 17:00 PARALLEL SESSION E3   -   Experiments in Conservation Payments and PES

Chair:  Arild Angelsen
                                                                                                 Saltmarsh Dining Room


Laura VILLALOBOS, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Deforestation Spillovers from Costa Rican Protected Areas
Discussant: Salvatore Di Falco


Salvatore DI FALCO, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Embezzlement of Conservation Funds: The (Relative) Importance of Transparency
Discussant: Arild Angelsen


Arild ANGELSEN, School of Economics and Business, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway
PES and Crowding-Out Effects: A Framed Forest Experiment in Tanzania
[Please contact author for full paper at ]
Discussant: Laura Villalobos


15:30 – 17:00 PARALLEL SESSION E4   -   Infectious Diseases and Invasive Species

Chair: Pierre Courtois                                                                                           Saltmarsh Reception Room

Flavio TOXVAERD, University of Cambridge and CEPR, UK
The Optimal Control of Infectious Diseases via Prevention and Treatment
Discussant: David Shanafelt


David SHANAFELT, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, USA
Foot and Mouth Disease: The Role of International Trade and the Risk of Disease Outbreak
Discussant: Pierre Courtois


Pierre COURTOIS, LAMETA, University of Montpellier, France
Managing Biological Invasions: How to Set Priorities?
Discussant: Flavio Toxvaerd





17th BIOECON Conference

Announcement and Call for papers

Call for papers [ pdf - 656 Kb]

Programme and papers

Final Programme [ pdf - 280 Kb]

Conference Book & List of Participants [ pdf - 710 Kb]

Logistical information [ pdf - 233 kb]