Economic Impact Review - National, State and Regional Parks

 

Here we'll post economic impact studies done on national, state, and regional parks. The economic impact of parks is often tricky to estimate, as the economist ideally

needs an accurate assessment of the number of visitors to the park, the number of visitors who would have not been in the state or local area without the park,

and the amount those visitors spent in the state or local area. Because of these issues, and the inherent bias that comes when an interested party is paying somebody

to create an economic impact study, the quality of these studies varies wildly.

We have several of our reviews posted, with more added periodically.

 

 

     

(Photos courtesy of Grant Cogswell.)

Links to Studies Estimating the Economic Impact of Parks Links to our Reviews of Economic Impact Studies
Mowen and Graefe-Pennsylvania State Parks- Link to Study Mowen and Graefe- Pennsylvania State Parks- Our Review
English, Fly, Jensen, Menard- Tenessee State Parks- Link to Study English, Fly, Menard, and Jensen - Tennesee State Parks - Our Review
Stynes - National Park Visitation and Payroll - Link to Study Stynes - National Park Visitation and Payroll - Our Review
Hardner and McKenney - The U.S. National Park System - Link to Study Hardner and McKenney - The U.S. National Park System - Our Review
Kauffman - Socioeconomic Value of the Delaware River Basin - Link to Study Kauffman - Delaware River Basin - Our Review
Dougherty - 2010 Maryland State Parks Economic Impact and Visitor Study - Link to Study Dougherty - Maryland State Parks - Our Review
Stynes - Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network - Link to Study  
Stynes - Social Science Research Review - Link to Study  
Stynes and Sun - Impacts of Visitor Spending on the Local Economy: Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Historical Park - Link to Study  
Stynes - Impacts of Visitor Spending on the Local Economy: Harpers Ferry National Historical Park - Link to Study  
Gunther et al. (U of Connecticut) - The Economic Impact of State Parks, Forests and Natural Resources under the Management of Department of Environmental Protection - Link to Study Gunther et al. (U of Connecticut) - The Economic Impact of State Parks, Forests and Natural Resources under the Management of Department of Environmental Protection - Our Review Coming Soon
Mates and Reyes - The Economic Value of New Jersey State Parks and Forests - Link to Study Mates and Reyes - The Economic Value of New Jersey State Parks and Forests - Our Review Coming Soon
Bergstrom et al. - Economic Impacts of State Parks on State Economies in the South - Link to Study  
Walker, Lee and Crompton- Economic Contributions of Texas State Parks Final Study- Link to Study  
Headwaters Economics- The Regional Economy of Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties, Maine and a Potential National Park and Recreation Area- Link to Study  
Morris, Roper, and Allen- The Economic Contributions of Maine State Parks: A Survey of Visitor Characteristics, Perceptions and Spending- Link to Study  
Bureau of Business and Economic Research- 2010 Economic Impact Survey of Visitors to Montana State Parks- Link to Study  
Greenwood and Vick- Economic Contributions of Visitors to Selected North Carolina State Parks- Link to Study  
Khan et al.- South Downs Visitor & Tourism Economic Impact Study- Link to Study  
Cui et al.- Economic Benefits to Local Communities from National Park Visitation, 2011- Link to Study  
Cook- Impacts of Visitor Spending on the Local Economy: Yosemite National Park, 2009- Link to Study  
The Outspan Group- The Economic Impact of Canada's National, Provincial, and Territorial Parks in 2009- Link to Study  
Arizona Hospitality Research & Resource Center- The Economic Impact of Arizona State Parks- Link to Study  
Heintz, Pollin, and Garrett-Peltier- The NYS Park System: An Economic Asset to the Empire State- Link to Study  
White, Godding, and Rosenberger- Spending and Economic Activity from Recreation at Oregon State Park Units-Costal Region and Milo McIver State Park, an Update- Link to Study  
   
   
   
   
   



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