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Selection and Recreation Demand


  • V. Kerry Smith


This article compares five methods for estimating travel cost recreation demand models with microdata. The models are distinguished by their treatment of selection effects that arise with on-site surveys. The comparison considers adjusting for selection effects in a variety of ways, including single and double selection rule models. Both parameter and consumer surplus estimates were evaluated. The findings indicate that the treatment of selection effects alone was not important for this case. However, the choice of an estimator did lead to large variations in per trip consumer surplus estimates.

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  • V. Kerry Smith, 1988. "Selection and Recreation Demand," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 70(1), pages 29-36.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:ajagec:v:70:y:1988:i:1:p:29-36.

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    5. Clifford S. Russell & V. Kerry Smith, 1991. "Demands for Data and Analysis Induced by Environmental Policy," NBER Chapters,in: Fifty Years of Economic Measurement: The Jubilee of the Conference on Research in Income and Wealth, pages 299-342 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    7. Daniel Hellerstein, 1993. "Intertemporal data and travel cost analysis," Environmental & Resource Economics, Springer;European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 3(2), pages 193-207, April.
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    10. JG. Brida & M. Meleddu & M. Pulina, 2011. "Museum visitors can be regarded as specific cultural tourists? A length of stay analysis," Working Paper CRENoS 201114, Centre for North South Economic Research, University of Cagliari and Sassari, Sardinia.
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