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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2016

Perceived health state and willingness to pay for outdoor recreation: an analysis of forest recreationists and hunters

Doctorman, Lindsey (Ellingson); Boman, Mattias


Outdoor recreation encompasses an array of activities carried out in a multitude of envrionments, including forests. An important motive for participating is the possible mental and physical health benefits gained. Currently, there is an absence of studies which have examined the economic aspects of the health effects from outdoor recreation. The main aim of this study was Ito use the contingent valuation method to compare the willingness to pay (WTP) for avoiding a hypothetical suspension of outdoor recreation among forest recreationists and hunters in Sweden. The second aim was to analyze the determinants of this WTP change, with emphasis on perceived health states obtained by means of a visual analogue scale. The results showed that changes in health state due to participation as well as visiting frequency were significant predictors of WTP. These findings suggest that health state measures may be useful for assessing health outcomes of outdoor recreation and associated WTP


Health; outdoor recreation; forests; contingent valuation; visual analogue scale

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Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research
2016, Volume: 31, number: 6, pages: 611-617

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      Other Agricultural Sciences not elsewhere specified
      Forest Science

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