The influence of ethical attitudes on the demand for environmental recreation: incorporating lexicographic preferences

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dc.contributor.author Gelso, Brett R.
dc.contributor.author Peterson, Jeffrey M.
dc.date.accessioned 2013-07-09T20:49:48Z
dc.date.available 2013-07-09T20:49:48Z
dc.date.issued 2013-07-09
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/15960
dc.description.abstract This article examines the relationships between different ethical attitudes toward environmental quality and the ‘use’ values obtained from the environment. In particular, we consider individuals who have duty-based ethical attitudes that lead to lexicographic preferences for environmental quality. We show that individuals with duty-based ethical attitudes have recreation demand functions that are ‘kinked,’ exhibiting perfectly inelastic behavior over some range of income. However, the kinks cannot be identified from typical cross-sectional data, and to the extent that observed recreation demand for these individuals differs from those with neoclassical preferences, such differences could be captured empirically through a proxy variable that measures ethical attitudes. A more fundamental issue is that changes in welfare for duty-based individuals cannot be determined from their estimated demand function: while an exogenous rise in environmental quality is likely to increase their demand for recreation by these individuals, additional recreation is not the reason for an improvement in well-being. An empirical model to identify the effect of ethical attitudes on recreation is illustrated using survey data on stated preferences for visits to urban parks. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation.uri http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0921800904004070 en_US
dc.subject Environmental ethics en_US
dc.subject Protest bids en_US
dc.subject Use values en_US
dc.subject Lexicographic preferences en_US
dc.title The influence of ethical attitudes on the demand for environmental recreation: incorporating lexicographic preferences en_US
dc.type Article (author version) en_US
dc.date.published 2005 en_US
dc.citation.doi doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2004.01.021 en_US
dc.citation.epage 45 en_US
dc.citation.issue 1 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle Ecological Economics en_US
dc.citation.spage 35 en_US
dc.citation.volume 53 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid jpeters en_US


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