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The travel cost method: an empirical investigation of Randall's difficulty

Common, Mick; Bull, Tim; Stoeckl, Natalie


Randall (1994) argued that the Travel Cost Method, TCM, cannot do what it is supposed to do - generate monetary measures of recreation site benefits for use in Cost Benefit Analysis. Randall argues that what is relevant to recreational decision making is the subjective, and unobservable, price of travel, whereas what TCM uses is the observer assessed cost of travel. Hence, the best that can be expected from TCM is ordinally measurable welfare estimates. This paper formulates ‘Randall’s...[Show more]

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Date published: 1997
Type: Working/Technical Paper


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