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    Author(s): Thomas H. Stevens; Thomas A. More; Marla. Markowski-Lindsay
    Date: 2014
    Source: Journal of Leisure Research. 46(2):153-164.
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Northern Research Station
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    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.

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    Citation

    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.

    Keywords

    national parks, demand analysis, attendance, entrance fees

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