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Tourist Viewshed Externalities and Wind Energy Production


  • Fooks, Jacob R.
  • Messer, Kent D.
  • Duke, Joshua M.
  • Johnson, Janet B.
  • Li, Tongzhe
  • Parsons, George R.


This study uses an experiment where ferry passengers are sold hotel room “views†to evaluate the impact of wind turbines views on tourists’ vacation experience. Participants purchase a chance for a weekend hotel stay. Information about the hotel rooms was limited to the quality of the hotel and its distance from a large wind turbine, as well as whether or not a particular room would have a view of the turbine. While there was generally a negative effect of turbine views, this did not hold across all participants, and did not seem to be effected by distance or hotel quality.

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  • Fooks, Jacob R. & Messer, Kent D. & Duke, Joshua M. & Johnson, Janet B. & Li, Tongzhe & Parsons, George R., 2017. "Tourist Viewshed Externalities and Wind Energy Production," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Cambridge University Press, vol. 46(2), pages 224-241, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:agrerw:v:46:y:2017:i:02:p:224-241_00

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    1. Carr-Harris, Andrew & Lang, Corey, 2019. "Sustainability and tourism: the effect of the United States’ first offshore wind farm on the vacation rental market," Resource and Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 57(C), pages 51-67.
    2. Boyle, Kevin J. & Boatwright, Jessica & Brahma, Sreeya & Xu, Weibin, 2019. "NIMBY, not, in siting community wind farms," Resource and Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 57(C), pages 85-100.

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