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Valuing Beach Width for Recreational Use Combining Revealed and Stated Preference Data

George R. Parsons, University of Delaware
Michael K. Hidrue, University of Delaware
Zhe Chen, University of Delaware
Naomi Standing
Jonathan Lilley, University of Hawaii

Abstract

In this paper 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 for 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.

Suggested Citation

George R. Parsons, Michael K. Hidrue, Zhe Chen, Naomi Standing, and Jonathan Lilley. "Valuing Beach Width for Recreational Use Combining Revealed and Stated Preference Data" Marine Resource Economics (2013).
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/george_parsons/33