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A comparison of contingent valuation method and random utility model estimates of the value of avoiding reductions in king mackerel bag limits

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Abstract:

This paper estimates the value of king mackerel bag limit changes with both stated and revealed preference methods. The 1997 Marine Recreational Fishery Statistical Survey allows estimation of the value of avoiding bag limit reductions with the random utility model and the contingent valuation method. Using the contingent valuation method, the willingness to pay to avoid a one fish reduction in the bag limit is $2.45 per year. Using the random utility model, the willingness to pay to avoid a one fish reduction in the bag limit is $2.24 per trip and $7.71 for a two-month time period. Considering several methodological issues, the difference in willingness to pay between the stated and revealed preference methods is in the expected direction.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00036840500427130

Affiliations: Department of Economics, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA

Publication date: 2006-08-20

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