Understanding equity in the recreation user fee context

Gyan Nyaupane, Alan R. Graefe, Robert C. Burns

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    Equity is a major public concern related to recreation fees on public lands. The purpose of this study was to test a three-dimensional model of equity and to examine the perceptions of equity across demographic segments. Data were collected by a telephone survey with residents (N = 366) of two western states. Confirmatory factor analysis supported the three-dimensional equity model in a recreation fee context. People tended to support democratic equity more than compensatory equity. Greater support was shown for discounted fees for the elderly and persons with disabilities than for discounts for ethnic minorities, low income people, or large families, suggesting the possibility of two sub-dimensions of the compensatory equity construct. Overall, the results do not support that disadvantaged groups seek discounted fees.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)425-442
    Number of pages18
    JournalLeisure Sciences
    Issue number5
    StatePublished - Oct 2007


    • Disadvantaged groups
    • Entry fee
    • Equity dimensions
    • Equity measurement
    • Public lands
    • Public response

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
    • Sociology and Political Science
    • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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