Assessing the Value of Museums with a Combined Discrete Choice/Count Data Model

Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper No. 2005-039/3

37 Pages Posted: 18 Feb 2020

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Jan Rouwendal

VU University Amsterdam - Department of Spatial Economics; Tinbergen Institute

J. Boter

VU University Amsterdam, Marketing Dept

Date Written: April 2005

Abstract

We develop a model for museum visits and estimate it on a large sample of holders of a museum card that provides free access to all museums. Our model distinguishes two stages, referring to the determination of the number of trips and destination choice and can deal with an effect of income on destination choice. We use a mixed logit model for destination choice and a count data model for explaining the number of trips. The model implies that welfare analyses should not only take into account the change in the logsum variables, but also changes in the number of trips. In our empirical application we find substantial local interest effects that cause a correlation between the attractiveness of a museum and its distance to the residential location of the visitor. The ranking of museums on the basis of their estimated attractiveness differs substantially from that based on the change in income that would be needed to compensate for its disappearance.

Keywords: Museums, travel cost method, two stage budgeting

JEL Classification: H41, D61, R53

Suggested Citation

Rouwendal, Jan and Boter, Jaap, Assessing the Value of Museums with a Combined Discrete Choice/Count Data Model (April 2005). Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper No. 2005-039/3, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=722465 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.722465

Jan Rouwendal (Contact Author)

VU University Amsterdam - Department of Spatial Economics ( email )

De Boelelaan 1105
1081HV Amsterdam
Netherlands

Tinbergen Institute ( email )

Burg. Oudlaan 50
Rotterdam, 3062 PA
Netherlands

Jaap Boter

VU University Amsterdam, Marketing Dept ( email )

De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Netherlands

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