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1 September 2013 Valuing Beach Width for Recreational Use: Combining Revealed and Stated Preference Data
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In this article we present a travel cost model combining revealed and stated preference data on beach use in Delaware and use it to value changes in beach width. We use an in-person, on-site survey at seven bay beaches in the state. The analysis is in two stages. The first is a model for predicting the number of visitors at each site over a 12-month period based on an on-site count of visitors. The second is a single-site travel cost model that combines actual and contingent trip data. We estimate the loss for narrowing beaches to a quarter current width at about $5.00 per day at the beach and the gain from widening to twice current width at about $2.75 per day at the beach. The current width of the beaches is between 50 and 100 feet.

JEL Classification Codes: Q51, Q26

GEORGE R. PARSONS, ZHE CHEN, MICHAEL K. HIDRUE, NAOMI STANDING, and JONATHAN LILLEY "Valuing Beach Width for Recreational Use: Combining Revealed and Stated Preference Data," Marine Resource Economics 28(3), (1 September 2013). https://doi.org/10.5950/0738-1360-28.3.221
Published: 1 September 2013
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