Microeconometric Strategies for Dealing with Unobservables and Endogenous Variables in Recreation Demand Models

Posted: 16 Sep 2011

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Klaus Moeltner

University of Nevada - Department of Resource Economics

Roger von Haefen

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: October 2011

Abstract

The past decade has witnessed significant advances in the microeconometric analysis of recreation data. In this review, we focus on two areas in which these innovations have been especially prolific: accounting for unobserved preference heterogeneity and controlling for unobserved and possibly endogenous site characteristics, such as congestion. Failure to appropriately address these issues with the nonlinear models typically used in recreation demand analysis can severely bias parameter and welfare estimates. We consider these issues of widespread importance within and beyond recreation demand applications. We also expect these estimation challenges to become more ubiquitous as the field gradually moves toward region-wide, multisite applications in reaction to large-scale environmental changes.

Suggested Citation

Moeltner, Klaus and von Haefen, Roger H., Microeconometric Strategies for Dealing with Unobservables and Endogenous Variables in Recreation Demand Models (October 2011). Annual Review of Resource Economics, Vol. 3, Issue 1, pp. 375-396, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1928337 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev.resource.012809.103916

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Roger H. Von Haefen

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