Chase Walker's thesis defense in Applied Economics
- Tuesday, April 7, 2020 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Outdoor Recreation is a popular pastime for many and provides an opportunity to unwind and take a break in nature and on public lands. In recent years, overcrowding and commercial use have been highlighted in the media for taking away from the recreational experience and stressing some of these resources.
To explore this issue, I collect data on application rates over 15 years for the Smith River Float Lottery, which is a popular recreational river in Montana that receives over 10,000 float applications per year and also allows private commercial guiding.
To see if commercial use is viewed negatively, I use variation in the number of outfitted trips that are permitted to launch each day within the float season to identify how outfitter use impacts application rates.
I find that application rates during the peak season decrease by an average of 11% on days in which two outfitters launch compared to days when only outfitter may launch, providing evidence that commercial use of public lands is viewed negatively and may impact use by the general public.Where: https://montana-student.webex.com/montana-student/j.php?MTID=mff9952b09267e4c5616b4a680317fb65password: smithriver
- Agricultural Economics and Economics