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Private Provision of a Public Good: Land Trust Membership

  • Jeffrey O. Sundberg
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    Land trusts prevent the development of open space, providing both public and impure public goods to area residents. This study examines the relationship between these benefits and membership levels for a sample of 91 land trusts, while controlling for local demographic and area characteristics. Trusts that offer member-only access to property have higher membership, but most trusts do not provide such benefits. Membership increases with local population, but at a decreasing rate, consistent with the free-riding behavior found in other studies of collective action. The study finds the existence of scope effects with respect to the amount of protected acreage.

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    Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Land Economics.

    Volume (Year): 82 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 353-366

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    Handle: RePEc:uwp:landec:v:82:y:2006:i:3:p:353-366
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