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Choice Set Definition Issues in a Kuhn-Tucker Model of Recreation Demand


  • Dan Phaneuf

    (North Carolina State University)


This line of research considers econometric methods for dealing with agent-level consumer choice data in the presence of binding non-negativity constraints. Specifically, the Kuhn-Tucker (KT) model and its dual counterpart (Wales and Woodland (1983), Lee and Pitt (1987), Phaneuf (1999), Phaneuf, et. al. (2000)) are applied to the problem of recreation site choice. The conceptual attractiveness of these methods is generally acknowledged, but the difficulty of estimation has prevented wide application. Extensions of these works to allow wider application are emphasized here. These include the use of more general functional forms and error structures, expanding the dimensions of models that can be estimated, improving the tractability and usability of these models, and providing additional applications. Good progress has been made in these areas. The paper included for consideration provides results for a 16 good complete demand system KT model applied to a fresh data set on the demand for visits to wetland recreation sites in Iowa. Recreation demand provides a good platform to study binding non-negativity constraints, since few individuals visit all recreation sites available to them and hence the data contain many zeros. The KT method recovers estimates of the utility function, from which utility consistent welfare measures resulting from changes in wetland characteristics and availability are calculated via Monte Carlo integration. A second paper is included for reference, providing more detail on the calculation and interpretation of welfare effects.

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  • Dan Phaneuf, 2000. "Choice Set Definition Issues in a Kuhn-Tucker Model of Recreation Demand," Econometric Society World Congress 2000 Contributed Papers 1821, Econometric Society.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecm:wc2000:1821

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    1. Daniel J. Phaneuf & Catherine L. Kling & Joseph A. Herriges, 2000. "Estimation and Welfare Calculations in a Generalized Corner Solution Model with an Application to Recreation Demand," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 82(1), pages 83-92, February.
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    3. Wales, T. J. & Woodland, A. D., 1983. "Estimation of consumer demand systems with binding non-negativity constraints," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 21(3), pages 263-285, April.
    4. Bockstael, Nancy E & McConnell, Kenneth E, 1983. "Welfare Measurement in the Household Production Framework," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 73(4), pages 806-814, September.
    5. Richard T. Carson, 2011. "Contingent Valuation," Books, Edward Elgar Publishing, number 2489.
    6. Herriges, Joseph A. & Kling, Catherine L., 2003. "Recreation Demand Models," Staff General Research Papers Archive 10211, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
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    1. Yongjie Ji & Joseph A. Herriges & Catherine L. Kling, 2016. "Modeling Recreation Demand When the Access Point Is Unknown," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 98(3), pages 860-880.
    2. Bhat, Chandra R., 2008. "The multiple discrete-continuous extreme value (MDCEV) model: Role of utility function parameters, identification considerations, and model extensions," Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Elsevier, vol. 42(3), pages 274-303, March.

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