Correcting for On-Site Sampling in Random Utility Models

Posted: 15 Dec 2005

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Klaus Moeltner

University of Nevada - Department of Resource Economics

J. Scott Shonkwiler

University of Nevada, Reno

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Abstract

This study demonstrates how the joint distribution of a set of conditional trip counts to a system of recreation-sites can be adjusted for on-site sampling. An econometric approach is proposed that addresses both the size-biased distribution of the sampled visits and the weighted distribution of reported visits to ancillary destinations in a multivariate random utility framework. Estimation results indicate that uncorrected models produce biased estimates of trip counts and welfare measures. The empirical application examines jet skiing in the Lake Tahoe region.

Suggested Citation

Moeltner, Klaus and Shonkwiler, J. Scott, Correcting for On-Site Sampling in Random Utility Models. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 87, No. 2, pp. 327-339, May 2005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=856495 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8276.2005.00725.x

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