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The Optimal Provision of Services in National Parks

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  • Turner Robert W.

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A national park provides recreational opportunities and also provides a pure public good. This paper presents an intergenerational model in which a club good and a pure public good are provided jointly. The focus is on optimality conditions for services provided by park managers. At the margin, the cost of providing the services should be balanced by the benefits of services. Services can directly enhance visitor enjoyment, both immediately and in the future; they can also affect congestion currently and in the future; they can affect the quality of park resources; and they can affect the pure public good provision. The framework developed in this paper suggests what information should be used by the National Park Service when deciding on the level and kind of services to provide.

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  • Turner Robert W., 2002. "The Optimal Provision of Services in National Parks," The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, De Gruyter, vol. 2(1), pages 1-15, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:bejeap:v:topics.2:y:2002:i:1:n:9
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