Congestion and willingness to pay: A study of beach use

Congestion and willingness to pay: A study of beach use

Primary Country: United States
Ecosystem: beach
Sample Value Estimates:
  1. $1.42 - 6.43 / day: CS per activity day at beaches in Rhode Island
Methodology: contingent valuation
Region: Americas / Atlantic
Data source: National Ocean Economics Program

Publication information

McConnell, K.E. “Congestion and willingness to pay: A study of beach use” Land Economics, 53(2), 185-195, 1977

Addtional Notes

The paper demonstrates the management strategies for short-run decision making by comparing optimal beach usage implied by benefit functions with the standards of beach usage established by the Bureau of Outdoor Recreation and by the State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plans of several states. In addition to providing insight into the methodology for estimating the effect of congestion, this paper suggests a technique which may be used to reexamine standards for beach usage

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