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Who visits the museums? A comparison between stated preferences and observed effects of entrance fees

  • Lampi, Elina

    ()

    (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

  • Orth, Matilda

    ()

    (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

This study investigates whether the introduction of an entrance fee affects visitor composition at a state funded museum in Sweden. While entrance to the museum was still free, we conducted a survey to collect information about visitor characteristics and used the Contingent Valuation (CV) method to measure visitors’ willingness to pay (WTP) for a visit. The results of the CV survey show that even a very low entrance fee level results in a significant reduction in several target groups that the museum has policy directives to reach. Additionally, we conducted another survey after the introduction of the fee. Thus, we have a unique opportunity to test the validity of CV in the context of a cultural good. The comparison between the predicted results from the CV and the observed change in visitor composition after the introduction of the fee implies that CV does predict a majority of the changes successfully.

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Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 298.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: 09 Apr 2008
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Publication status: Published in Kyklos, 2009, pages 85-102.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0298
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