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 L. 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 1 2005

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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