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Estimating the aggregate value of forest recreation in a regional context

Angel Bujosa Bestard, , angel.bujosa@uib.es Antoni Riera Font, ,
 
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Angel Bujosa Bestard and Antoni Riera Font (2010), "Estimating the aggregate value of forest recreation in a regional context", Journal of Forest Economics: Vol. 16: No. 3, pp 205-216. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jfe.2009.11.005

Published: 0/8/2010
© 0 2010 Angel Bujosa Bestard, Antoni Riera Font
 
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JEL Codes:C25Q23Q26Q51
Travel cost methodAggregate valueDiscrete-count linked modelRecreation demandForests
 

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In this article:
Introduction
Model specifications
Data collection
Model estimation and empirical results
Conclusion

Abstract

Public goods and services supplied by nature require active government intervention to ensure their provision. Nevertheless, prior to the implementation of any policy, planners should compare the costs and benefits caused by their decisions, a difficult task when policies and regulations are developed at a regional or national level (i.e. fire and pest control policies included in forests national plans), and their impacts spread out across a large number of people and ecosystems. In this context, although environmental economics has provided the necessary information for decision-making guidance related to site-specific interventions, little attention has been given to the information requirements of policies affecting large geographical areas, that is, to the estimation of an aggregate value for a specific region. The purpose of this paper is to improve current applications, inferring the recreational value of forests through the implementation of a discrete-count linked model including all the forest areas in the region of Mallorca (Spain).

DOI:10.1016/j.jfe.2009.11.005