Estimating the Total Economic Value of Cultivated Flower Land in Taiwan
AbstractMany arable land areas have been converted to residential or business uses by Taiwan government authorities, because the low farmland value is associated with the low value of agricultural products. However, agriculture is multifunctional. This study investigates farmland value through Total Economic Value (TEV) for Tianwei Township, which is Taiwan’s largest floral farmland region. Direct use value measures the floral products’ output value and recreational benefit. Recreational benefit from visitors’ flower sightseeing was measured by the travel cost method (TCM). Option value and non-use value, including bequest value and existence value, measure the residents’ willingness to pay through the double-bounded dichotomous contingent valuation method (CVM). The results show that the total floral products’ output is NT$1.441 billion in 2007, recreational benefit is roughly NT$17.757 billion. The intangible value of option value and non-use values are approximately between NT$5 million to 15 million. Therefore, ignoring various values of farmland might lead to an underestimation of farmland value. View Full-Text
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Huang, C.-H.; Wang, C.-H. Estimating the Total Economic Value of Cultivated Flower Land in Taiwan. Sustainability 2015, 7, 4764-4782.
Huang C-H, Wang C-H. Estimating the Total Economic Value of Cultivated Flower Land in Taiwan. Sustainability. 2015; 7(4):4764-4782.Chicago/Turabian Style
Huang, Chin-Huang; Wang, Chiung-Hsia. 2015. "Estimating the Total Economic Value of Cultivated Flower Land in Taiwan." Sustainability 7, no. 4: 4764-4782.