Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Select aspects of economic activity related to the Oklahoma 4-H youth development shooting sports project
by Kirk, Dylan James, M.S., Oklahoma State University, 2014, 110; 1567348
Abstract (Summary)

The economic turmoil of the past decade has reinvigorated the debate over the use of public funds to support local Extension efforts. State Extension groups across the country have begun to demonstrate their worth in a variety of ways, including attempting to show both the behavioral and economic outcomes of Extension initiatives. However, showing the value of the 4-H Youth Development Program has proved challenging. The benefits of joining youth programs tend to be latent, not fully manifesting for years or even decades until participants mature into adults. Studies are starting to provide insights into the social, physical and mental rewards of joining youth development organizations such as 4-H, but these behavioral outcomes are disproportionally reported when compared to economic studies. From 2012-2013 families enrolled in Oklahoma's 4-H Youth Development Shooting Sports Project were surveyed about their recreational spending habits. Economic contributions for the state of Oklahoma, and impacts on local economies are estimated using primary data and an IMPLAN model. These economic analyses provide estimates of the economic worth of one youth project overseen by the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. Subsequently, policy makers are provided justification of the project not only from a social, physical, and mental perspective, but are additionally provided economic indicators of the project's immediate worth.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Allen, Kevin P.
Commitee: Cox, Charles B., Shideler, David W.
School: Oklahoma State University
Department: Natural Resources and Ecology Management
School Location: United States -- Oklahoma
Source: MAI 53/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Environmental education, Agricultural education, Natural Resource Management
Keywords: 4-h youth devlopment, Economic activity analyses, Economic justification, Implan, Shooting sports, Youth programming
Publication Number: 1567348
ISBN: 9781321274790
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