How has the COVID-19 Pandemic Affected Outdoor Recreation in the U.S.? A Revealed Preference Approach

39 Pages Posted: 12 Sep 2020

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Craig E. Landry

UGA Ag & Applied Economics

John C. Bergstrom

University of Georgia - Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics

John Salazar

University of Georgia

Dylan Turner

University of Georgia - Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics

Date Written: September 10, 2020

Abstract

This study examines the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on outdoor recreation visits and values using a unique revealed preference travel cost method approach. Demand models are estimated using data on pre- and post-pandemic visits reported in a nationwide survey of outdoor recreation participants. The demand models incorporate visitors’ COVID-19 related subjective risk perceptions as a pre- and post-pandemic measure of site quality. Our results suggest that the COVID-19 pandemic has had negative effects on both recreation visits and values. We recommend that recreation site managers focus on innovative ways to reduce the COVID-19 related welfare losses measured in this study.

Keywords: COVID-19 pandemic, outdoor recreation, visitation behavior, revealed preference method, visit reduction, welfare loss

JEL Classification: Q26, Q51, C23, D10, I31

Suggested Citation

Landry, Craig and Bergstrom, John C. and Salazar, John and Turner, Dylan, How has the COVID-19 Pandemic Affected Outdoor Recreation in the U.S.? A Revealed Preference Approach (September 10, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3690373 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3690373

Craig Landry (Contact Author)

UGA Ag & Applied Economics ( email )

Athens, GA 30602-7509
United States

John C. Bergstrom

University of Georgia - Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics ( email )

208C Conner Hall
Athens, GA 30602-7509
United States
706-542-0749 (Phone)

John Salazar

University of Georgia ( email )

Athens, GA 30602-6254
United States

Dylan Turner

University of Georgia - Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics ( email )

Athens, GA 30602-7509
United States

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