An analysis of user-pays for Queensland National Parks : a case study of Green Mountains

Scoccimarro, Michelle. (1992). An analysis of user-pays for Queensland National Parks : a case study of Green Mountains Honours Thesis, School of Economics, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Scoccimarro, Michelle.
Thesis Title An analysis of user-pays for Queensland National Parks : a case study of Green Mountains
School, Centre or Institute School of Economics
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1992
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Total pages 128
Language eng
Subjects 14 Economics
Formatted abstract The objective of this thesis is to determine an economically efficient charge for day users of national park recreation. A case study of a popular Queensland national park, Green Mountains section of Lamington National Park, is used to explore the costs involved in providing the recreation service, the demand for recreation and the economically efficient charging scheme. The empirical analysis suggests that the marginal operating costs of such a recreation site are low and constant over a range of usage levels; however, estimating the costs of congestion are more difficult and require further research. This paper posits that faced with low and constant marginal operating costs, second-best pricing schemes may be more appropriate for setting user charges for recreation. However, the analysis provides•a useful benchmark for considering the loss in social welfare from applying any second-best pricing scheme.

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