Abstract: The objective is to estimate using revealed preference data, recreational water-users’ valuation of water quality by Water Framework Directive status. The intention is to estimate demand preference models for water-based recreational activity across 24 locations on the island of Ireland as a function of water quality and other characteristics. These models will be used to estimate the value (willingness to pay) of water-based leisure activities (e.g. angling, boating, etc) (distinct from estimates of expenditures associated with such activities) as a function of site characteristics, including water quality. The analysis will be based on Waterways Ireland survey data of recreational water-users and water quality data from EPA and Dept of Environment, Northern Ireland.
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