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Bioeconomic modeling of wetlands and waterfowl in Western Canada: Accounting for amenity values

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  • G. Cornelis van Kooten
  • Patrick Withey
  • Linda Wong

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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.

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Paper provided by University of Victoria, Department of Economics, Resource Economics and Policy Analysis Research Group in its series Working Papers with number 2010-04.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2010
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Handle: RePEc:rep:wpaper:2010-04

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Keywords: bioeconomic modelling; wetland protection; wildlife management; nonmarket values; Prairie pothole region;

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  1. Wong, Linda & van Kooten, G. Cornelis & Clarke, Judith A., 2012. "The Impact of Agriculture on Waterfowl Abundance: Evidence from Panel Data," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 37(2), August.
  2. Patrick Withey & G. Cornelis van Kooten, 2011. "The Effect of Climate Change on Land Use and Wetlands Conservation in Western Canada: An Application of Positive Mathematical Programming," Working Papers 2011-04, University of Victoria, Department of Economics, Resource Economics and Policy Analysis Research Group.
  3. Patrick Withey & G. Cornelis van Kooten, 2011. "The Effect of Climate Change on Wetlands and Waterfowl in Western Canada: Incorporating Cropping Decisions into a Bioeconomic Model," Working Papers 2011-06, University of Victoria, Department of Economics, Resource Economics and Policy Analysis Research Group.
  4. G. Cornelis van Kooten & Patrick Withey & Linda Wong, 2011. "Climate Change Impacts on Waterfowl Habitat in Western Canada," Working Papers 2011-03, University of Victoria, Department of Economics, Resource Economics and Policy Analysis Research Group.

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