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Augmenting travel cost models with contingent behavior data

Jeffrey Englin () and Trudy Cameron ()

Environmental & Resource Economics, 1996, vol. 7, issue 2, 133-147

Abstract: This paper proposes contingent behavior survey questions as a valuable supplement to observed data in travel cost models of non-market demand for recreational resources. A set of observed and contingent behavior results for each survey respondent allows the researcher to control for individual heterogeneity by taking advantage of panel data methods when exploring the nature of respondent demands. The contingent scenarios also provide opportunities to (a) test for differences between observed and contingent preferences and/or (b) assess likely demands under conditionsbeyond the domain of observed variation in costs or resource attributes. Most importantly, contingent scenarios allow the researcher to imposeexogenously varying travel costs. Exogenous imposition of travel costs together with panel methods reduces the omitted variables bias that plagues observed-data travel cost models of recreational demand. Using a convenience sample of data for illustrative purposes, we show how to estimate the demand for recreational angling by combining observed and contingent behavior data. We begin with simple naive pooled Poisson models and progress to more theoretically appropriate fixed effects panel Poisson specifications. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 1996

Keywords: Nonmarket valuation; recreational demand modelling; travel cost method; contingent behavior surveys; panel data methods; fixed effects models; Poisson regression (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1996
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