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On Estimating Household Demand For Outdoor Recreation From Property Values: An Exploration


  • Edwards, Steven F.


This paper explores how hedonic price analysis might be used to estimate the surplus benefits of local outdoor recreation when distance to the recreational site is captured in property values. The model is characterized by the endogenous choice of distance to a local recreational area by households in coastal property markets and by the capitalization of proximity in property values. Equilibrium occurs when the reduction in the cost of a property due to a marginal increase in distance to the recreational area equals the associated loss in recreational surplus resulting from increased travel costs. The theoretical model is applied in an exploratory analysis of the "demand" for distance to the nearest public beach from which total surplus benefits are estimated.

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  • Edwards, Steven F., 1989. "On Estimating Household Demand For Outdoor Recreation From Property Values: An Exploration," Northeastern Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, vol. 18(2), October.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:nejare:28865

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    1. Robert L. Ohsfeldt & Barton A. Smith, 1988. "Assessing the Accuracy of Structural Parameter Estimates in Analyses of Implicit Markets," Land Economics, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 64(2), pages 135-146.
    2. Epple, Dennis, 1987. "Hedonic Prices and Implicit Markets: Estimating Demand and Supply Functions for Differentiated Products," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 95(1), pages 59-80, February.
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    4. Kenneth E. McConnell, 1977. "Congestion and Willingness to Pay: A Study of Beach Use," Land Economics, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 53(2), pages 185-195.
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    1. Jeffrey J. Pompe & James R. Rinehart, 1995. "The Value Of Beach Nourishment To Property Owners: Storm Damage Reduction Benefits," The Review of Regional Studies, Southern Regional Science Association, vol. 25(3), pages 271-286, Winter.

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