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The value of a recreational beach visit: an application to Mooloolaba Beach and comparisons with other outdoor recreation sites

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Blackwell, B (2007) The value of a recreational beach visit: an application to Mooloolaba Beach and comparisons with other outdoor recreation sites. Economic Analysis and Policy, 37 (1). pp. 77-98. ISSN 0313-5926

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Abstract

Beaches and foreshores worldwide offer a broad range of goods and services to coastal communities and economies. One service, beach recreation, provides considerable benefits to most Australians. This paper represents the first Australian attempt to value a recreational visit to surf beaches within the local urban setting of Mooloolaba beach, Sunshine Coast, Queensland using a truncated negative binomial individual travel cost model. Income, on-site and off-site travel expenditure and time, party size, and employment status helped to explain visits. The consumer surplus estimates provided in this paper are within the bounds of the international literature. The passive-use values of beaches are higher than those of national parks or forests. Assessing beach non-use values is an area for future research.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Economic Analysis and Policy
Publisher: The Economic Society of Australia
Page Range: pp. 77-98
ISSN: 0313-5926
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2008 14:20
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:34
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