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Modelling Access to the Irish Coastline: A Contingent Behavioural Approach

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  • Luke Barry
  • Thonas van Rensburg
  • Stephen Hynes

    (Department of Economics, National University of Ireland, Galway)

Abstract

This paper measures willingness to pay (WTP) for public access and trail improvements to a coastal recreational site in the west of Ireland. The Contingent Behaviour model is used to measure the increased number of trips associated with improved public access using recreational trails along a stretch of Irish coastline. Results show that improving access through the use of trails increases consumer surplus by €111.15 per person per annum. We argue that in designing new regulation such as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) for the management of Ireland’s coastline, an understanding of the values the Irish public place on coastal recreational access will be important to manage the resource in a sustainable manner.

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  • Luke Barry & Thonas van Rensburg & Stephen Hynes, 2010. "Modelling Access to the Irish Coastline: A Contingent Behavioural Approach," Working Papers 0162, National University of Ireland Galway, Department of Economics, revised 2010.
  • Handle: RePEc:nig:wpaper:0162
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    Keywords

    Costal resources; willingness to pay; contingent behaviour; negative binomial Algorithmic Trading; MACD;

    JEL classification:

    • Q51 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Valuation of Environmental Effects
    • Q57 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Ecological Economics

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