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Net Costs of Wildlife Damage on Private Lands


  • Rollins, Kimberly S.
  • Heigh, Lori
  • Kanetkar, Vinay


This study models net welfare impacts on producers who receive utility from on-farm wildlife populations that are not costlessly disposable. Wildlife damage levels where net benefits are zero indicate producers' maximum willingness to pay for on-farm wildlife. An empirical model is developed. Results for Ontario producers suggest the net welfare loss from damage is approximately half of the value of the yield loss for those with damage. In aggregate, however, on-farm wildlife generates net benefits to producers that outweigh costs by about 10-to-1. The distribution of net benefits is highly skewed across producers.

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  • Rollins, Kimberly S. & Heigh, Lori & Kanetkar, Vinay, 2004. "Net Costs of Wildlife Damage on Private Lands," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 29(03), December.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:jlaare:30921

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    1. Yoder, Jonathan K., 2000. "Contracting Over Common Property: Cost-Share Contracts For Predator Control," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 25(02), December.
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