Demand for Environmental Quality: An Empirical Analysis of Consumer Behavior in Sweden
AbstractIn this paper we estimate the income elasticity of demand for recreational services and other traditional groups of goods in Sweden and test for potential changes in such estimates over the twentieth century. Due to the difficulty of directly observing the demand for recreational services, we employ an indirect methodology by using the demand for some outdoor goods as a proxy for the demand for recreational services. In line with most prior research, our results confirm the expectation that recreational services, as a public good, is a luxury good in Sweden. Our results also show that the income elasticities for traditional goods are stable over time, indicating that consumer preferences for expenditure on these specific commodities do not change over time.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Umeå University, Department of Economics in its series Umeå Economic Studies with number 676.
Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: 05 May 2006
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Household demand; environmental services; income elasticities; Engel curves;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
- H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods
- Q26 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Recreational Aspects of Natural Resources
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-AGR-2006-05-21 (Agricultural Economics)
- NEP-ENV-2006-05-28 (Environmental Economics)
- NEP-RES-2006-05-23 (Resource Economics)
- NEP-TUR-2006-05-21 (Tourism Economics)
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