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Title: Declining national park visitation: An economic analysis

Author: Stevens, Thomas H.; More, Thomas A.; Markowski-Lindsay, Marla.;

Date: 2014

Source: Journal of Leisure Research. 46(2):153-164.

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: Visitation to the major nature-based national parks has been declining. This paper specifies an econometric model that estimates the relative impact of consumer incomes, travel costs, entry fees and other factors on per capita attendance from 1993 to 2010. Results suggest that entrance fees have had a statistically significant but small impact on per capita attendance. Increasing fuel prices (travel costs) relative to income has had a more significant effect suggesting that park policies reducing the cost of attendance may be desirable.

Keywords: national parks, demand analysis, attendance, entrance fees

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Stevens, Thomas H.; More, Thomas A.; Markowski-Lindsay, Marla. 2014. Declining national park visitation: An economic analysis. Journal of Leisure Research. 46(2):153-164.

 


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