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Valoración económica de los atributos ambientales mediante el método del coste de viaje



    (Universidad de las Islas Baleares)


Con la ayuda del método del coste del viaje el valor de uso recreativo de un determinado espacio se define, simplemente, como el excedente del consumidor medido por debajo de la función de demanda estimada. Esta es una práctica suficientemente satisfactoria cuando se analiza el valor de acceso a un único espacio pero no para medir los cambios de calidad. Incluso cuando se deja de lado el carácter multidimensional de la calidad, no se puede estimar el valor de la calidad para un único espacio a partir del método del coste del viaje convencional. En los siguientes apartados se describen las diferentes vertientes del método del coste de viaje que se han diseñado con el objetivo no sólo de valorar las características (los atributos ambientales) de los espacios recreativos, sino también para explicar la asignación de las visitas entre diferentes espacios. Las conclusiones del trabajo se apoyan en una aplicación empírica considerando un conjunto de espacios naturales de la Isla de Mallorca. With the travel cost model the use value is defined as the consumer surplus under the demand function estimated for a specific area. This one, is a good practice when we consider the access value to a specific site but not to value the changes in quality. In fact, the ultimate purpose of this paper is to discuss some issues which arise in the application of recreational demand models to the valuation of environmental attributes. The next sections of the paper review the types of recreational demand models wich have been uses for valuation; this is followed by an empirical application in a set of natural areas placed in Mallorca.

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  • Riera Font, A., 2000. "Valoración económica de los atributos ambientales mediante el método del coste de viaje," Estudios de Economía Aplicada, Estudios de Economía Aplicada, vol. 14, pages 173-198, Abril.
  • Handle: RePEc:lrk:eeaart:14_1_1

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    Travel cost method; discrete choice models;

    JEL classification:

    • C25 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Discrete Regression and Qualitative Choice Models; Discrete Regressors; Proportions; Probabilities
    • Q26 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Recreational Aspects of Natural Resources


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