eBird Economics: How Much Would You Pay to See Birds?
OCTOBER 23, 2017
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.