Factors Influencing Attitudes Toward the Commitment of Resources to Outdoor Recreation Development
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Publisher:Ohio State University. Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics
Series/Report no.:Ohio State University. Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology. ESO (Economics and Sociology Occasional Paper). No. 1290
Data were collected from 1.386 Ohio residents in the summer and fall of 1985 on a statewide sampling basis to examine the factors that were predictive of willingness to commit economic resources to improve outdoor recreation facilities in the state. A vested interest model was created to guide the investigation. The theoretical model basically argued that people would be more willing to commit limited resources to development efforts which have the potential of producing benefits for them. The study findings revealed that the theoretical perspective had some utility for understanding Willingness to commit economic resources to outdoor recreation development in Ohio. While the explained variance was relatively low, the associations were consistent with research expectations. People who had the highest probability of benefiting from improved outdoor recreation facilities tended to be most favorable toward allocating public economic resources to such development efforts. The findings revealed that the respondents believed that slightly more economic resources should be allocated to outdoor recreation facility development in Ohio than have been allocated in the past.
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