USGS Benefit Transfer Toolkit


The benefit transfer method requires the use of existing nonmarket valuation data for unstudied policy sites. Although a second-best approach compared to a primary study, public land managers and federal agencies have to rely on benefit transfer given time and resource constraints. To help fill this gap the Benefit Transfer Toolkit was designed to synthesis and compile existing databases and tools available to practitioners. 

Nonmarket Valuation Database is a set of reference databases that contain jsut under 3000 estimates, and can be sorted by citation, location, years, methods, and economic value estimate.

Statistical Forecasting Models are interactive forecasting tools that can tailor economic value estimates for hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, and trail-usage. Access is also available for the underlying statistical meta-regression models.

Recreation Activities Map is a user-friendly map that displays the location of studies included in the recreation values databases. The mapped observations are filterable by recreation activities and US regions.

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Cost-benefit analysis provides an organizational framework for identifying, quantifying, and comparing the costs and benefits (measured in dollars) of a proposed policy action.

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Contact Information

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