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Willingness to pay for an elk license in Colorado : a contingent valuation examination

by Yates, Zachary H

Abstract

Hunting licenses do not represent the true value of the sport for hunters. This study examines the monetary value hunters, resident and non-resident, place on elk hunting in Colorado and which factors affect their valuation. The contingent valuation method is used to determine this information through a survey that was posted on several internet hunting forums. A hypothetical fee increase in hunting licenses from an improvement in elk habitat is used in the survey. To elicit a response, this study uses a two part question for willingness to pay, which is different from previous studies. First, intervals are presented and then the respondent answers an open-ended question. The data obtained from the survey is analyzed using the Tobit regression method. Separate regression equations are used for resident and non-resident hunters. The study finds that Colorado resident and non-resident hunters have differing views on the amount of license fee increase they would accept and base their decision on different factors.

Note

Bibliography : p. 78-81

bachelor

Bachelor of Arts

Administrative Notes
Copyright
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Publisher
None
PID
coccc:1331
Digital Origin
reformatted digital
Extent
81 p. : ill., map ; 29 cm.
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Degree Name
Degree Type
Date Issued
2009