eBird Economics: How Much Would You Pay to See Birds?

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The economic “impact” of a birding festival can be estimated by looking at expenditures of attendees ( e.g., hotel rooms, meals, souvenirs, transportation costs, etc.). The growing wealth of citizen science data has not yet been widely exploited by economists as a source of information about recreational values of non-market environmental goods. Birders derive “value” from birding.

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