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Title: Bioeconomic modeling of wetlands and waterfowl in Western Canada: Accounting for amenity values
Authors: van Kooten, G. Cornelis
Withey, Patrick
Wong, Linda
Authors (Email): van Kooten, G. Cornelis (kooten@uvic.ca)
Withey, Patrick (pwithey@uvic.ca)
Wong, Linda (lindaw@uvic.ca)
Keywords: bioeconomic modelling
wetland protection
wildlife management
nonmarket values
Prairie pothole region
JEL Codes: Q57
C61
Q25
Issue Date: 2010
Abstract: This study extends an original bioeconomic model of optimal duck harvest and wetland retention by bringing in amenity values related to the nonmarket (in situ) benefits of waterfowl plsi the ecosystem values of wetlands themselves. The model maximizes benefits to hunters as well as the amenity values of ducks and ecosystem benefits of wetlands, subject to the population dynamics. Results indicate that wetlands and duck harvests need to be increased relative to historical levels. Further, the socially optimal ratio of duck harvest to wetlands is larger than what has been observed historically. Including amenity values leads to a significant increase in the quantity of wetlands and duck harvests relative to models that focus only on hunting values.
URI: http://purl.umn.edu/61308
Institution/Association: Canadian Agricultural Economics Society>Annual Meeting, 2010, Denver Colorado, July 25-27
Total Pages: 31
Collections:Annual Meeting, 2010, Denver Colorado, July 25-27

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