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Auctioning Conservation Contracts: An Application to the Flemish Afforestation Policy

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  • Rousseau Sandra

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    (K.U.Leuven-Center for Economic Studies)

  • Moons Ellen

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    (K.U.Leuven-Center for Economic Studies)

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This paper studies the possibility of using auctions as a policy instrument in conservation programs. In particular, it provides insight into the main concerns that need to be dealt with when implementing conservation auctions. To show the cost saving potential of this policy instrument, we also calculate the social welfare improvement that can be obtained for an afforestation project in Flanders. Creation-Date: 2006-03

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Paper provided by Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Centrum voor Economische Studiën, Energy, Transport and Environment in its series Energy, Transport and Environment Working Papers Series with number ete0606.

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Handle: RePEc:ete:etewps:ete0606

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Keywords: Auctions; Conservation contracts; Afforestation;

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