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Economic development in rural Utah: is wilderness recreation the answer?


  • John Keith

    (Department of Economics, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322-3530, USA)

  • Christopher Fawson

    (Department of Economics, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322-3530, USA)


Surveys of wilderness users in four selected wilderness areas and proposed wilderness areas in Utah indicated that expenditures by these visitors, while similar to other outdoor recreation participants, are not sufficiently large to significantly influence the local county economies. The application of input-output multipliers to these expenditures suggests that wilderness users contribute significantly less than 1% of total sales to most of these counties, and not more than 2.5% in any county studied.

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  • John Keith & Christopher Fawson, 1995. "Economic development in rural Utah: is wilderness recreation the answer?," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer;Western Regional Science Association, vol. 29(3), pages 303-313.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:anresc:v:29:y:1995:i:3:p:303-313
    Note: Received: April 1994 / Accepted in revised form: January 1995

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    1. Aschauer, David Alan, 1989. "Is public expenditure productive?," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 23(2), pages 177-200, March.
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