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Impact of nostalgia and past experience on recreational demand for wilderness


  • Ram Acharya
  • Krishna Paudel
  • L. Upton Hatch


This primary objective of this study was to examine whether nostalgia plays any role in determining the demand for wilderness recreation using onsite survey data from Cheaha Wilderness in Alabama. In addition, an attempt was made to determine the impact of past wilderness experience and current residential setting on recreational demand. Since experience is a latent construct, a number of indicators, measuring the visitor's experience use history, were used to measure it. The results based on a truncated count data model show that trip cost and other visitor characteristics such as age, income, residential setting, and past wilderness experience were significant determinants for the visitation frequency. Moreover, the rural to urban migrants, who were expected to be more sensitive to nostalgic feelings, were making seven more trips than others.

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  • Ram Acharya & Krishna Paudel & L. Upton Hatch, 2009. "Impact of nostalgia and past experience on recreational demand for wilderness," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 16(5), pages 449-453.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:16:y:2009:i:5:p:449-453
    DOI: 10.1080/13504850601032099

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    1. Yamamura, Eiji, 2014. "Identity, Nostalgia and Happiness among Migrants: The Case of the KĊshien High School Baseball Tournament in Japan," MPRA Paper 53776, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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