Modeling Environmental-Economic Phenomena at a Regional Level: Methodological Progress

Floor Brouwer
Peter Nijkamp

DOI: 10.2190/D359-NWN8-2RM4-PHUX


The availability and nature of information are important issues in modeling environmental-economic phenomena. This article addresses three types of limitation that may characterize such issues, including 1) insufficient precision of information for drawing reliable quantitative conclusions regarding policy aspects, 2) the wide variety of means of data gathering with their corresponding varying levels of measurement, and 3) the multivariate nature of environmental-economic phenomena. Various appropriate methodological tools have been developed over the past years to deal with such limitations. The relevance of the approaches will be illustrated for a regional-economic and environmental analysis of recreation.

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