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Economic Impacts of State Parks on State Economies in the South


  • Bergstrom, John C.
  • Cordell, H. Ken
  • Watson, Alan E.
  • Ashley, Gregory A.


The economic impacts of recreational visits to state parks on the economies of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee were estimated using the U.S. Forest Service IMPLAN input-output modeling system. Recreational expenditure data associated with state parks were obtained from the Public Area Recreation Visitors Study (PARVS). Results suggest that recreational spending may stimulate a considerable amount of economic activity in the state economies studied. Hence, future research into the economic development potential of outdoor recreation seems warranted.
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  • Bergstrom, John C. & Cordell, H. Ken & Watson, Alan E. & Ashley, Gregory A., 1990. "Economic Impacts of State Parks on State Economies in the South," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 22(02), pages 69-77, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:jagaec:v:22:y:1990:i:02:p:69-77_00

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    1. Donald B. K. English, 1997. "Effects of Sample Selection on Estimates of Economic Impacts of Outdoor Recreation," The Review of Regional Studies, Southern Regional Science Association, vol. 27(3), pages 219-236, Winter.
    2. Sills, Erin O. & Alwang, Jeffrey Roger & Driscoll, Paul J., 1994. "Migrant Farm Workers On Virginia'S Eastern Shore: An Analysis Of Economic Impacts," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 26(1), pages 1-15, July.
    3. Green, Gary Paul, 2001. "Amenities and Community Economic Development: Strategies for Sustainability," Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, Mid-Continent Regional Science Association, vol. 31(2), pages 1-15.
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