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The Welfare Effects of Restricting Off-Highway Vehicle Access to Public Lands

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  • Jakus, Paul M.
  • Keith, John E.
  • Liu, Lu
  • Blahna, Dale

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Off-highway vehicle (OHV) use is a rapidly growing outdoor activity that results in a host of environmental and management problems. Federal agencies have been directed to develop travel management plans to improve recreation experiences, reduce social conflicts, and diminish environmental impacts of OHVs. We examine the effect of land access restrictions on the welfare of OHV enthusiasts in Utah using Murdock’s unobserved heterogeneity random utility model (Murdock 2006). Our models indicate that changing access to public lands from fully “open†to “limited†results in relatively small welfare losses, but that prohibiting access results in much larger welfare losses.

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Article provided by Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association in its journal Agricultural and Resource Economics Review.

Volume (Year): 39 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
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Handle: RePEc:ags:arerjl:59337

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Keywords: off-highway vehicles; recreational access; unobserved heterogeneity; random utility model; Environmental Economics and Policy;

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  1. Melstrom, Richard & Lupi, Frank, 2012. "Using a Control Function to Resolve the Travel Cost Endogeneity Problem in Recreation Demand Models," MPRA Paper 48036, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised May 2013.

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