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Economics of Outdoor Recreation

2nd Edition

By Marion Clawson, Jack L. Knetsch

RFF Press

353 pages

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This book is one of the first to supply the means for evaluating recreational resources in economic terms. Originally published in 1967.


'While some of us are concerned for the well-being of the environment in the future, others, including Marion Clawson and Jack Knetsch, wonder whether there will be any wilderness left to enjoy… With greater leisure and greater mobility, areas in which to spend this leisure time should increase, and demand for use of present areas will increase. How can these demands be met, knowing, as some do, that sensitive areas are already overcrowded?' Ecology 'This book explores policy issues and methods of analysis on timely recreation questions. The authors consider the tremendous demand for outdoor recreation opportunity, the availability of leisure time, and rising affluence. The increased demand comes at a time when cities and industrial centers are spreading out over larger areas. Which parts of the country are best suited to outdoor recreation? Which areas ought to be preserved? Who is to pay, and how much?' Outdoor News Bulletin 'The authors…have succeeded in presenting not only the first definitive text on this complex and ill-defined subject, but they have also produced a logical, comprehensive, highly readable book that will remain the authority in its field for many years to come.' Rural Sociology 'An excellent job…written so that it can be understood by individuals with a very limited background in economics.' American Journal of Agricultural Economics

About the Series

RFF Forests, Lands, and Recreation Set

RFF research on forests and land use spans natural, rural, and urban settings. This collection of ten classic books includes three works by Marion Clawson, perhaps the most famous and visionary thinker about forest policy. It includes works that explore the management of public lands for extractive resources as well as for habitat protection and recreation.

The RFF Library Collection brings back landmark books published by Resources for the Future throughout its nearly 60-year history as the pre-eminent research institution devoted exclusively to environmental issues. The Collection offers individuals and institutions the most classic and relevant literature across a range of environmental issues.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Natural Resources
NATURE / Ecology