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Economic valuation of sport-fishing in Sweden

empirical findings and methodological development

Paulrud, Anton (2004). Economic valuation of sport-fishing in Sweden. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Umeå : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae. Silvestria, 1401-6230 ; 323
ISBN 91-576-6707-1
[Doctoral thesis]

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Little is currently known about the net benefits and, therefore, the importance of recreational fishing in Sweden from an economic point of view. This thesis is an attempt to fill this gap by providing a number of empirical valuation studies on recreational fishing in Sweden. Furthermore, the thesis also proposes a number of methodological improvements of the currently available methods for measuring environmental benefits. The empirical results suggest that the economic value of sport-fishing in Sweden is higher than previously thought. In studies carried out at the Byske river, the Kaitum river and in the Bohus region (which includes river, lake and sea fishing), I find that the net value per day is roughly about SEK 100 (with variations depending on quality characteristics, travel costs and so on). In contrast, earlier studies find values that are much lower. Furthermore, I also find that the marginal value (per kg or number) varies significantly according to the type of fishing (ordinary, put and take, coastal, guide-boat, river), ranging from a few SEK (coastal fishing in Bohus region) to several hundred SEK for obtaining a “trophy fish” in the Kaitum river. A simple way of obtaining the marginal value of catch for each respondent within a contingent valuation experiment is proposed. Secondly, a multi-attribute extension of the contingent valuation method is devised, allowing a straightforward way to estimate the value of changing site characteristics. Thirdly, a new approach to designing a choice experiment is introduced, showing how a theoretically consistent design procedure by approximation can be implemented in a simple manner. Fourthly, a re-interpretation of a model often used in valuing environmental goods (the Random Utility Maximizing (RUM) model) is offered. While we are able to estimate the value of fish management in several dimensions (catch and release, bag limit and so on), the next step is to fully integrate this effort with available insights from ecological modelling of fish resources.

Authors/Creators:Paulrud, Anton
Title:Economic valuation of sport-fishing in Sweden
Subtitle:empirical findings and methodological development
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae. Silvestria
Year of publishing :August 2004
Number of Pages:44
ALLI Paulrud, A. 2004. Recreational values of different types of sport- fishing in western Sweden (submitted to The Empirical Economics Letter) II Paulrud, A. 2004. Marginal Valuation of improving the catch for sport- fishers (re-submitted to Tourism Economics) III Laitila, T. and Paulrud, A. 2004. A multi-attribute extension of discrete–choice contingent valuation for valuation of angling site characteristics (re-submitted to Journal of Leisure Research) IV Paulrud, A., Laitila, T. 2004. Valuation of management policies for sport-fishing on Sweden’s Kaitum River (Accepted for publication in Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, November 2004) V Kriström, B., Laitila, T., Paulrud, A. 2004. RUM based models for binary response contingent valuation (submitted to The Review of Statistics and Economics)
Place of Publication:Umeå
Publisher:Department of Forest Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
ISBN for printed version:91-576-6707-1
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:P Natural resources > P01 Nature conservation and land resources
E Economics, development, and rural sociology > E10 Agricultural economics and policies
Subjects:Not in use, please see Agris categories
Agrovoc terms:fishing operations, recreation, rivers, angling, models, economic analysis, sweden
Keywords:travel cost, contingent valuation, choice experiment, policy, management, bio-economic, sport-fishing, recreation, angling, marginal values, spike model, random utility
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ID Code:604
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Economics
Deposited By: Anton Paulrud
Deposited On:01 Sep 2004 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:11 Jun 2015 08:41

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