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Stevenson Center, national parks


The National Parks and Recreation Act of 1978 requires that park managers develop and implement a plan regarding visitor carrying capacity. In response, econometricians have developed models that may be helpful to park management in regards to meeting this goal. The focus of this paper is to highlight some of the earlier work done by Buchanan (1965) and Ng (1973) in regards to modeling club goods and then to examine more recent attempts by Turner (2000) and Prato (2001) in applying these models to help determine carrying capacity of national parks. Turner (2000) and Prato’s (2001) models will then be evaluated in regards to potential implementation problems.

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