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Valuing Lake Erie Beaches Using Value and Function Transfers

  • Leah H. Palm-Forster, Frank Lupi and Min Chen
Abstract

Two benefit-transfer approaches are used to estimate welfare losses from closure of Lake Erie beaches. We identify conditions for which the function transfer, which is more time-consuming and data-intensive, is worth the effort relative to a simple value transfer. The function transfer was essential for estimating beach demand (trips) and demand elasticity (change in trips); when evaluating individual beach closures with known trip demand, the two methods yielded similar results. Results produced by the two transfer methods deviated (up to 106 percent) when multiple beaches were closed simultaneously because value transfer did not account for the loss of beach substitutes.

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This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Correspondence: Leah H. Palm-Forster ■ 206 Townsend Hall531 South College AvenueNewark, DE 19716-2103 ■ Phone 302.831.1325 ■ Email leahhp@udel.edu.
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