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The Economics of Protecting Tiger Populations: Linking Household Behavior to Poaching and Prey Depletion

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  • Richard Damania
  • Randy Stringer
  • K. Ullas Karanth
  • Brad Stith
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    The tiger (Panthera tigris) is classi- fied as endangered and populations continue to decline. This paper presents a formal economic analysis of the two most imminent threats to the survival of wild tigers: poaching tigers and hunting their prey. A model is developed to examine interactions between tigers and farm households living in and around tiger habitats. The analysis extends the existing literature on tiger demography, incorporating predator-prey interactions and exploring the sensitivity of tiger populations to key economic parameters. The analysis aims to contribute to policy debates on how best to protect one of the world’ s most endangered wild cats.

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    Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Land Economics.

    Volume (Year): 79 (2003)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 198-216

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    Handle: RePEc:uwp:landec:v:79:y:2003:i:2:p:198-216

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    1. Lopez-Feldman, Alejandro, 2005. "Panel Data Evidence on the Determinants of Non-Timber Forest Products Extraction: The Case of Xate in Mexico," 2005 Annual meeting, July 24-27, Providence, RI 19410, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
    2. López-Feldman, Alejandro & Edward Taylor, J., 2009. "Labor allocation to non-timber extraction in a Mexican rainforest community," Journal of Forest Economics, Elsevier, vol. 15(3), pages 205-221, August.
    3. Niraj, Shekhar K. & Dayal, Vikram & Krausman, Paul R., 2010. "Applying methodological pluralism to wildlife and the economy," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 69(8), pages 1610-1616, June.
    4. Zabel, Astrid & Engel, Stefanie, 2010. "Performance payments: A new strategy to conserve large carnivores in the tropics?," Proceedings of the German Development Economics Conference, Hannover 2010 19, Verein für Socialpolitik, Research Committee Development Economics.

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