Do entrance fees crowd out donations for public goods? Evidence from a protected area in Costa Rica

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1 January 2014

This paper  investigates how different levels of entrance fees affect donations for a public good, a natural park.

To explore this issue, EfD researchers Francisco Alpizar (CATIE-EfD Central America), Peter Martinsson, and Anna Norden (both from the Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg) conducted a stated preference study focusing on visitors’ preferences for donating money to raise funds for a protected area in Costa Rica given different entrance fee levels. The results reveal that there is incomplete crowding out of donations when establishing an entrance fee.

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Publication | 1 July 2014