Jump to Main Content
Analyzing scientists' donations to measure their values for the Nutrient Network (NutNet)
- Swallow, Stephen, Liu, Pengfei
- Global ecology and conservation 2017 v.12 pp. 73-79
- ecologists, economic incentives, ecosystem services, ecosystems, geographical distribution, global change, grasslands, nutrients
- This paper reports on a real money, economic experiment in which a broad group of ecological scientists were challenged to consider their own values within an economic framework, by considering whether to contribute financially (i.e., to donate) to support a global research initiative designed to investigate the implications of global change for grassland ecosystems. We use this experiment to illustrate the basic approach of economics as might apply to choices about and individual values for ecosystem services, particularly using an application to the potential to enhance scientific knowledge regarding grassland responses to the global distribution of nutrients. While scientists' choices and values were not significantly influenced by economic incentives embedded in the donation solicitation, donations were significantly associated with ecologists' specializations and career stages.