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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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  • Edwards, Peter E.T.
  • Parsons, George R.
  • Myers, Kelley H.

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We estimated a count data model of recreation demand using data from an on-site survey of recreational birders who had visited southern Delaware during the month–long annual horseshoe crab/shorebird spring migration in 2008. We analyzed daytrips only. Our estimates from the models ranged from $32 to $142/trip/household or about $131 to $582/season/household (2008$). The variation was due to differences in the value of time. The average household size was 1.66. We found that the valuation results were sensitive to the inclusion of covariates in the model. Our results are useful for damage assessments and benefit–cost analyses where birdwatching is affected.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 35832.

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Date of creation: Dec 2011
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Publication status: Published in Human Dimensions of Wildlife 6.16(2011): pp. 435-444
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:35832

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Keywords: recreational birding; economic value; shorebird migration; onsite sampling; endogenous stratification;

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