Comparing Rationing Policies Used on Rivers


  • Thomas A. Wikle


Rationing, river recreation, recreation management, administrative feasibility, fairness.


Survey research demonstrates that managers rate policies that limit or ration the recreational use of rivers differently according to their administrative feasibility and fairness to the user. Ordinalrankings of advance reservation, lottery, first-come/first-served, merit, priority for frrst-time users, zoning, and price were scaled using Thurstone' s Method of Paired Comparisons according to administrative feasibility and fairness criteria. Chi-squared tests were employed to identify significant differences among managers' evaluations of the policies. The results indicated that managers divide policies into categories corresponding to high and low levels of administrative feasibility and fairness. First-come/frrst-served, advance reservation, and lottery were rated as acceptable policies according to the two criteria, while zoning, merit, priority for frrst-time users, and price were rated as less acceptable. In addition, price, lottery, and merit were shown to have significantly different ratings when comparing administrative feasibility and fairness.





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