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Controlling for Observed and Unobserved Site Characteristics in RUM Models of Recreation Demand

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  • Babatunde O. Abidoye
  • Joseph A. Herriges
  • Justin L. Tobias

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Recreation demand models are typically plagued by limited information on site attributes. If these unobserved site attributes are correlated with the observed characteristics and/or the travel cost variable, the resulting parameter estimates are likely to be biased. We develop a Bayesian approach to estimating a model that incorporates a full set of alternative-specific constants, insulating the key travel cost parameter from the influence of unobservables. The proposed posterior simulator can be used in the mixed logit framework in which some parameters of the conditional utility function are random. We apply the estimation procedures to data from the Iowa Lakes Project. Copyright 2012, Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Agricultural and Applied Economics Association in its journal American Journal of Agricultural Economics.

Volume (Year): 94 (2012)
Issue (Month): 5 ()
Pages: 1070-1093

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Handle: RePEc:oup:ajagec:v:94:y:2012:i:5:p:1070-1093

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  1. Abidoye, Babatunde & Herriges, Joseph A., 2010. "Model Uncertainty in Characterizing Recreation Demand," Staff General Research Papers 32028, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
  2. 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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