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Tourist Viewshed Externalities and Wind Energy Production

  • Jacob R. Fooks, Kent D. Messer, Joshua M. Duke, Janet B. Johnson, Tongzhe Li and George R. Parsons...

Abstract

This study uses an experiment where ferry passengers are sold hotel room “views” to evaluate the impact of wind turbines views on tourists’ vacation experience. Participants purchase a chance for a weekend hotel stay. Information about the hotel rooms was limited to the quality of the hotel and its distance from a large wind turbine, as well as whether or not a particular room would have a view of the turbine. While there was generally a negative effect of turbine views, this did not hold across all participants, and did not seem to be effected by distance or hotel quality.

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This is a work of the U.S. Government and is not subject to copyright protection in the United States. Outside of the United States, this is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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Correspondence: Jacob R. Fooks ■ 1101 Connecticut Ave NW #750, Washington, DC 20036 ■ phone: 202-694-5068 ■ Email: jacob.fooks@ers.usda.gov

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The data for this research were collected when Fooks was at the University of Delaware. This work was supported by NSF EPSCoR ID#0814251. The views expressed here are those of the authors and may not be attributed to the Economic Research Service or the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Tourist Viewshed Externalities and Wind Energy Production

  • Jacob R. Fooks, Kent D. Messer, Joshua M. Duke, Janet B. Johnson, Tongzhe Li and George R. Parsons...

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