From the preface of Benefit Transfer of Environmental and Resource Values:
Recognizing the critical importance of benefit transfer and the breadth of associated scholarly and policy work, this book has been designed to provide a comprehensive review of transfer methods, issues, and challenges, covering topics relevant to both researchers and practitioners across different continents. Among the primary themes of the book is the availability of a range of rigorous transfer methods suitable for broad application, choices between these methods, and implications of these choices for transfer validity and reliability (or accuracy). We target a wide audience, including undergraduate and graduate students, practitioners in economics and other disciplines looking for a one-stop handbook covering benefit transfer topics, and others who wish to apply or evaluate benefit transfer methods. Early chapters provide accessible introductory and “how to” materials suitable for those with little economic training. These chapters also detail how benefit transfer is used within the policy process. Later chapters cover intermediate and advanced topics better suited to valuation researchers, graduate students, and those with similar knowledge of economic and statistical theory, concepts, and methods. While no single volume can provide all relevant information on a topic, our intent is for this book to provide the most complete coverage of benefit transfer methods available in a single location.
The editors are Robert J. Johnston, John Rolfe, Randall S. Rosenberger and Roy Brouwer.