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Title: Valuing the monetary impact of the built environment on physical activity : evidence from revealed and stated preferences in Northern Ireland
Author: Lynch, Mary
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2015
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This thesis endeavours to address the dual relationship of individual behaviours and characteristics of inhabited environments that affect individuals' choices for physical activity inducing the obesity epidemic. The thesis explores if environmental characteristics could impede engagement in energy expenditure activities such as leisure time spent on physical activity which may be responsible for the rising level of obesity. Generating a greater understanding on the determinants for engagement in physical activity could yield valuable understanding on the role the local environment implicates on rising obesity levels in NI. This research employs methodologies primarily used to value recreational demand and natural resources that are adapted in this study in order to improve the decision making process in the development of public health strategies improving the health of the NI population. The goal of this thesis is to explore how public health interventions can increase levels of physical activity among the population and value the health benefits of physical activity as 1well as the monetary benefits that society receive. This thesis employs three non-market valuation techniques, the Travel Cost Method (TCM), Contingent Behaviour (CB) and Contingent Valuation Method (CVM) in order to value the health benefits of increase levels of physical activity. The TCM questions explore the public health benefits stimulated by characteristics of local neighbourhoods. It is assumed that neighbourhood characteristics affect the level of engagement in physical activity and time allocated to other daily activities. The CB questions are used to assess physical activity levels under improved hypothetical neighbourhood characteristics, as well as value the health benefits of participation in physical activity. The CVM questions estimate the publics' willingness to pay for improvements to local neighbourhoods, motivating increased participation in physical activity.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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