Can superior natural amenities create high-quality employment opportunities? The case of nonconsumptive river recreation in central Idaho

John R. McKean, Donn M. Johnson, Richard Johnson, R. Garth Taylor

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Abstract

Central Idaho has superior environmental amenities, as evidenced by exceptionally high-value tourism, such as guided whitewater rafting. The focus of our study concerns the attainment of high-quality jobs in a high-quality natural environment. We estimate cumulative wage rate effects unique to nonconsumptive river recreation in central Idaho for comparison with other sectors. The cumulative effects are based on a detailed survey of recreation spending and a modified synthesized input-output model. Cumulative wage rate effects support using the abundance of environmental amenities to expand and attract high-wage, environmentally sensitive firms, as opposed to expanded tourism to improve employment quality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)749-758
Number of pages10
JournalSociety and Natural Resources
Volume18
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Cumulative wage rate effects
  • Economic impacts
  • Employment quality
  • IMPLAN
  • Input-output
  • Nonmarket outputs
  • Public land management
  • River recreation

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  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science

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Can superior natural amenities create high-quality employment opportunities? The case of nonconsumptive river recreation in central Idaho. / McKean, John R.; Johnson, Donn M.; Johnson, Richard; Taylor, R. Garth.

In: Society and Natural Resources, Vol. 18, No. 8, 09.2005, p. 749-758.

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