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Biodiversity as a Commodity

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  • Heal, G.

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What is the nature of biodiversity as an economic commodity and why does it matter? How would its conservation contribute economically to our well being? I consider three issues: - Why is biodiversity important from an economic perspective? - hat kind of commodity is it? - oes our usual economic mechanism, the market system, have the capacity to appreciate the economic value of biodiversity? I first characterize biodiversity from an economic perspective, and then consider the capacity of our main economic institutions to realize the value of biodiversity and ensure that it is treated in a way commensurate with its importance.

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Paper provided by Columbia - Graduate School of Business in its series Papers with number 99-7.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: 1999
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Handle: RePEc:fth:colubu:99-7

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  1. Baranzini, Andrea & Faust, Anne-Kathrin & Huberman, David, 2010. "Tropical forest conservation: Attitudes and preferences," Forest Policy and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 12(5), pages 370-376, June.
  2. Brock,W. & Xepapadeas,A., 2001. "Valuing biodiversity from an economic perspective : a unified economic, ecological and genetic approach," Working papers 17, Wisconsin Madison - Social Systems.
  3. Sathaye, Jayant A. & Anger, Niels, 2008. "Reducing Deforestation and Trading Emissions: Economic Implications for the post-Kyoto Carbon Market," ZEW Discussion Papers 08-016, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.

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