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The Economic Value of Viewing Migratory Shorebirds on the Delaware Bay: An Application of the Single Site Travel Cost Model Using On-Site Data

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  • Peter E.T. Edwards

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    (School of Marine Science and Policy, University of Delaware)

  • George R. Parsons

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    (Department of Economics, University of Delaware)

  • Kelley H. Myers

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    (School of Marine Science and Policy, University of Delaware)

Abstract

Using data from an on-site survey of recreational birders in southern Delaware during the annual horseshoe crab/shorebird spring migration, we estimated four truncated count data models of recreation demand accounting for endogenous stratification due to onsite sampling. We analyzed day-trips only and conducted sensitivity analysis on measurement of the value of time and inclusion of covariates. Our estimates from the models using all covariates were in the range of $40 to $178/trip/household (2008$). The variation is due to differences in the value of time. The average household size is 1.66.

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Paper provided by University of Delaware, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 11-03.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:dlw:wpaper:11-03.

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Keywords: Travel-Cost Model; Shorebirds; Valuation;

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  1. Hellerstein, Daniel, 1991. "Using Count Data Models in Travel Cost Analysis with Aggregate Data," MPRA Paper 25264, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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  8. Myers, Kelley H. & Parsons, George R. & Edwards, Peter E.T., 2010. "Measuring the recreational use value of migratory shorebirds on the Delaware Bay," MPRA Paper 26126, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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