Lost Use-Value from Environmental Injury When Visitation Drops at Undamaged Sites: Comment

Eric English, Roger Tourangeau and Eric Horsch


Glasgow and Train propose a correction to the government’s estimate of recreation damages in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill assessment. Their correction depends on a description of behavior they assume to be true but did not test. We find that evidence on recreators’ response to the spill contradicts their assumption and that the standard welfare calculations applied in the case were appropriate. (JEL D61, D81)

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