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Performance Payments for Groups: The Case of Carnivore Conservation in Northern Sweden

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  • Astrid Zabel
  • Göran Bostedt

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  • Stefanie Engel

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This paper presents a first empirical assessment of carnivore conservation under a performance payment scheme. In Sweden, reindeer herder villages are paid based on the number of lynx (lynx lynx) and wolverine (gulo gulo) offspring certified on their pastures. The villages decide on the internal payment distribution. It is generally assumed that benefit distribution rules are exogenous. We investigate them as an endogenous decision. The data reveals that villages’ group size has a direct negative effect on conservation outcomes and an indirect positive effect which impacts conservation outcomes through the benefit distribution rule. This result revises the collective action hypothesis on purely negative effects of group size. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014

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  • Astrid Zabel & Göran Bostedt & Stefanie Engel, 2014. "Performance Payments for Groups: The Case of Carnivore Conservation in Northern Sweden," Environmental & Resource Economics, Springer;European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 59(4), pages 613-631, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:enreec:v:59:y:2014:i:4:p:613-631
    DOI: 10.1007/s10640-013-9752-x
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    1. Veronesi, Marcella & Reutemann, Tim & Zabel, Astrid & Engel, Stefanie, 2015. "Designing REDD+ schemes when forest users are not forest landowners: Evidence from a survey-based experiment in Kenya," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 116(C), pages 46-57.
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    4. Anders Skonhoft, 2015. "The Silence of the Lambs: Payment for Carnivore Conservation and Sheep Farming," Working Paper Series 16915, Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

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