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Rationing Recreational Access to Wilderness and Other Natural Areas

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  • Hugh Sibly

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    (School of Economics and Finance, University of Tasmania)

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An unusual feature of the management of wilderness and other natural areas is that price is rarely used to ration recreational access. This often leads to queuing for access. At the same time there is often a relatively poor level of infrastructure provided for recreation. This paper argues that it is the relatively high level of public and political involvement in the management of wilderness and other natural areas that is ultimately responsible for the particular way in which recreational access is allocated. This introduces two "biases" into managerial objectives. Queuing and infrastructure distortion are the symptom of these biases.

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Paper provided by University of Tasmania, School of Economics and Finance in its series Working Papers with number 2519.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2007
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Publication status: Published by the University of Tasmania School of Economics and Finance as part of its working paper series.
Handle: RePEc:tas:wpaper:2519

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Keywords: Recreation; Pricing.;

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