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Valuation of trips to second homes: do environmental attributes matter?


  • Anni Huhtala
  • Tuija Lankia


We use Finnish data to estimate the extent of the recreation benefits obtained from visits to second homes. Special emphasis is placed on how environmental attributes of second homes influence the recreation value of visits. The impacts are valued using the travel cost method. We estimate the recreation value to be about approximately €170-- 205 per trip. The aggregate non-market benefits of the use of the current summer home stock are considerable -- approximately €500 million per annum. The presence of algae that prevent aquatic recreation decreases the value per trip by 40%, and the lack of a beach reduces it by 45%; electrification increases the value by 3--5%. These impacts should be balanced against the social costs of second homes when designing environmental policies on leisure-time housing.

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  • Anni Huhtala & Tuija Lankia, 2012. "Valuation of trips to second homes: do environmental attributes matter?," Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 55(6), pages 733-752, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jenpmg:v:55:y:2012:i:6:p:733-752
    DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2011.626523

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    1. Frank A. Ward & Diana Beal, 2000. "Valuing Nature with Travel Cost Models," Books, Edward Elgar Publishing, number 1768, April.
    2. Ojumu, Oluwagbemiga & Hite, Diane & Fields, Deacue, 2009. "Estimating Demand For Recreational Fishing In Alabama Using Travel Cost Model," 2009 Annual Meeting, January 31-February 3, 2009, Atlanta, Georgia 46858, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
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    1. Janne Artell & Anni Huhtala, 2017. "What Are the Benefits of the Water Framework Directive? Lessons Learned for Policy Design from Preference Revelation," Environmental & Resource Economics, Springer;European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 68(4), pages 847-873, December.

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