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2014-05-18 | EfD Discussion Paper

Do Entrance Fees Crowd Out Donations for Public Goods? Evidence from a Protected Area in Costa Rica

Alpízar, Francisco, Peter Martinsson and Anna Nordén. 2014. “Do Entrance Fees Crowd Out Donations for Public Goods? Evidence from a Protected Area in Costa Rica.” EfD Discussion Paper Series EfD DP 14-10.
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In this paper, we investigate how different levels of entrance fees affect donations for a public good, a natural park.

To explore this issue, the researchers 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.

This article has been peer-reviewed and published on the journal of Environment and Development Economics.