nep-tur New Economics Papers
on Tourism Economics
Issue of 2009‒04‒25
three papers chosen by
Antonello Scorcu
University of Bologna

  1. Measuring the Economic Effects of Sea Level Rise on Beach Recreation By John C. Whitehead; Ben Poulter; Christopher F. Dumas; Okmyung Bin
  2. Demand for Diving on Large Ship Artificial Reefs By O. Ashton Morgan; D. Matthew Massey; William L. Huth
  3. Benchmarking and understanding London’s Cultural and Creative Industries By Freeman, Alan

  1. By: John C. Whitehead; Ben Poulter; Christopher F. Dumas; Okmyung Bin
    Abstract: We develop estimates of the economic effects of climate change-induced sea level rise on recreation at seventeen southern North Carolina beaches. We estimate the relationship between recreation behavior and beach width and simulate the effects of sea level rise on recreation site choice and trip frequency. We find that reductions in beach width due to increased erosion from sea-level rise negatively affect the number and value of beach recreation trips. For beach goers who only take day trips, we estimate that four percent of recreation value is lost in 2030 and 11 percent is lost in 2080. For those who take both day and overnight trips, 16 percent and 34 percent of recreation value is lost in 2030 and 2080, respectively. The present value of the lost recreation value through 2080 assuming no increase in population or income is $9 billion, $4 billion and $722 million with 0 percent, 2 percent and 7 percent discount rates. With expected increases in population and income the present value of the lost recreation value is $29 billion, $11 billion and $2 billion with 0 percent, 2 percent and 7 percent discount rates. Key Words: coastal recreation, travel cost method, climate change, sea level rise
    JEL: Q51
    Date: 2009
  2. By: O. Ashton Morgan; D. Matthew Massey; William L. Huth
    Abstract: Using data drawn from a web-based travel cost survey, we jointly model revealed and stated preference trip count data in an attempt to estimate the recreational use value from diving the intentionally sunk USS Oriskany. Respondents were asked to report their: (1) actual trips from the previous year, (2) anticipated trip in the next year, and (3) anticipated trip next year assuming a second diveable vessel (a Spruance class destroyer) is sunk in the same vicinity. Results from several different model specifications indicate average per-person per-trip use values range from $480 to $750. The “bundling” of a second vessel in the area of the Oriskany to create a multiple-ship artificial reef area adds between $220 and $1,160 per diver per year in value. Key Words: Artificial reefs, diving, recreation demand, combined revealed and stated preferences, non-market valuation
    JEL: Q26 Q50
    Date: 2009
  3. By: Freeman, Alan
    Abstract: This paper describes the Greater London Authority’s evidence base for its work on the creative and cultural industries. Its main purpose is to show that th9is evidence base is viable, robust, and useful. The second and most important purpose is to encourage others in city management to invest in such evidence bases, and to compile them on a comparable basis. It will be some while before this is done by international agencies, and that national agencies are only at the start of a long journey in recognising the importance of city data. Hence, I argue in this paper, a responsibility devolves onto the cities themselves. This paper is about those responsibilities. The paper was originally presented to the Conference Board of Canada at its March 2008 international conference on the creative industries, and, along with the conference proceedings, can be obtained from the conference board via or
    Keywords: cultural economics; creative industries; innovation; internet
    JEL: Z1 Z11
    Date: 2008–03–26

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