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Alternative Approaches to Incorporating the Opportunity Cost of Time in Recreation Demand Models

  • Christopher Azevedo

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    (University of Central Missouri)

  • John R. Crooker

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    (University of Central Missouri)

The importance of accounting for a respondent’s travel time in recreation demand models is well established. In practice, most analysts use a fixed fraction of the respondent’s wage rate to value travel time. However, other approaches have been suggested in the literature. In this paper revealed and stated preference data on Iowa wetland usage is used to explore various specifications of travel time. It is shown that the choice of a particular specification has a direct impact on welfare estimates as well as the consistency between revealed and stated preference data.

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Paper provided by University of Central Missouri, Department of Economics & Finance in its series Working Papers with number 0803.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: May 2008
Date of revision: May 2008
Handle: RePEc:umn:wpaper:0803
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  1. Trudy Ann Cameron, 1992. "Combining Contingent Valuation and Travel Cost Data for the Valuation of Nonmarket Goods," Land Economics, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 68(3), pages 302-317.
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