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Market Failures and the Rationale for National Parks

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  • Robert W. Turner

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America's national park system is widely admired, but the economic rationale for national parks is not compelling. The author discusses how market failures of various kinds can, in principle, be used to justify national parks. The best rationale for national parks is based on existence or nonuse values rather than on their recreational aspects. The author also shows that more evidence, especially regarding the costs of providing and operating parks and the magnitude of nonuse values, needs to be gathered before the case for national parks becomes compelling. Although this evidence will be difficult to obtain, it is hard to give an economic rationale for national parks without it.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal The Journal of Economic Education.

Volume (Year): 33 (2002)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 347-356

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Handle: RePEc:taf:jeduce:v:33:y:2002:i:4:p:347-356

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  1. Turner, Robert, 2012. "Using Contingent Choice Surveys to Inform National Park Management," Working Papers 2012-02, Department of Economics, Colgate University.
  2. repec:cgt:wpaper:2014-01 is not listed on IDEAS
  3. Robert W. Turner & Laura Noddin & Alita Giuda, 2005. "Estimating nonuse values using conjoint analysis," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 17(7), pages 1-15.
  4. Lee, Peter & Cassells, Sue & Holland, John, 2013. "The Non-Market Value of Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand: A Choice Modelling Application," 2013 Conference (57th), February 5-8, 2013, Sydney, Australia 152163, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
  5. Willmarth, Blake & Turner, Robert, 2010. "Respondent Consistency in a Tournament-Style Contingent Choice Survey," Working Papers 2010-05, Department of Economics, Colgate University.
  6. repec:ebl:ecbull:v:17:y:2005:i:7:p:1-15 is not listed on IDEAS

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