Estimating Recreational User Counts

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Robert J. Johnston

University of Connecticut - College of Agricultural, Health and Natural Resources

Timothy J. Tyrrell

University of Rhode Island - Department of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

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Date Written: August 2003

Abstract

This article outlines a methodology for estimating the number of individual visitors to a set of recreational sites, as well as counts of specific visitor groups. The model is designed for sets of sites characterized by: (a) unrestricted recreation from a wide and partially unknown geographic market; (b) individuals who may visit more than one site; (c) accurate visitation (gate) counts from each site. The model provides consistent estimates of the total number of individual visitors, based on information embedded in site‐level count and survey data. Monte Carlo analysis and an empirical application illustrate the properties of visitor count estimates.

Keywords: recreation demand, user counts, visitor numbers

Suggested Citation

Johnston, Robert J. and Tyrrell, Timothy J., Estimating Recreational User Counts (August 2003). American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 85, Issue 3, pp. 554-568, 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3566330 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8276.00455

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