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A cost-benefit analysis of moose harvesting in Scandinavia. A stage structured modelling approach


  • Olaussen, Jon Olaf
  • Skonhoft, Anders


A cost-benefit analysis of moose (Alces alces) harvesting in Scandinavia is presented within the framework of an age structured model with four categories of animals (calves, yearlings, adult females, and adult males). The paper aims to demonstrate the economic content of such a wildlife model and how this content may change under shifting economic and ecological conditions. Two different harvesting regimes are explored: landowner profit maximization, where the combined benefit of harvesting value and browsing damage is taken into account, and overall management, where the costs and damages of moose-vehicle collisions are taken into account as well. An empirical analysis of the Norwegian moose stock indicates that the present stock level is far too high compared with the overall management scenario, and that the composition of the harvest could be improved.

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  • Olaussen, Jon Olaf & Skonhoft, Anders, 2011. "A cost-benefit analysis of moose harvesting in Scandinavia. A stage structured modelling approach," Resource and Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 33(3), pages 589-611, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:resene:v:33:y:2011:i:3:p:589-611

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    1. Göran Ericsson & Mattias Boman & Leif Mattsson, 2000. "Selective versus Random Moose Harvesting: Does it Pay to be a Prudent Predator?," Journal of Bioeconomics, Springer, vol. 2(2), pages 117-132, May.
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    1. Boyce, Mark S. & Baxter, Peter W.J. & Possingham, Hugh P., 2012. "Managing moose harvests by the seat of your pants," Theoretical Population Biology, Elsevier, vol. 82(4), pages 340-347.
    2. Häggmark-Svensson, Tobias & Elofsson, Katarina & Engelmann, Marc & Gren, Ing-Marie, 2015. "A review of the literature on benefits, costs, and policies for wildlife management," Working Paper Series 2015:1, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department Economics.
    3. Bredin, Yennie K. & Lindhjem, Henrik & van Dijk, Jiska & Linnell, John D.C., 2015. "Mapping value plurality towards ecosystem services in the case of Norwegian wildlife management: A Q analysis," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 118(C), pages 198-206.
    4. Herruzo, A.C. & Martínez-Jauregui, M. & Carranza, J. & Campos, P., 2016. "Commercial income and capital of hunting: an application to forest estates in Andalucía," Forest Policy and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 69(C), pages 53-61.


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