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Ownership and the Regulation of Wildlife


  • Lueck, Dean


The use of public resources is governed by a combination of private contracts and public regulations. Most often, private landowners control access rights, and government agencies regulate hunting and other uses. This paper shows that these institutions depend on wildlife values and the ability of private landowners to control access to species that inhabit their land. Logit regressions and literary sources are used to test implications about private hunting rights and state regulations. The data support the view that private, legal, and political forces have led to institutions that vary in ways consistent with wealth maximization. Copyright 1991 by Oxford University Press.

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  • Lueck, Dean, 1991. "Ownership and the Regulation of Wildlife," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 29(2), pages 249-260, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:ecinqu:v:29:y:1991:i:2:p:249-60

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    2. Abdulbaki Bilgic & Wojciech Florkowski, 2009. "The impact of license regulation on the number of recreation trips: is it worth considering?," Journal of Regulatory Economics, Springer, vol. 35(1), pages 45-69, February.
    3. Heigh, Lori & Rollins, Kimberly S. & Kanetkar, Vinay, 2001. "An Appropriate Welfare Measure Of Wildlife Damage," 2001 Annual meeting, August 5-8, Chicago, IL 20454, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
    4. Parker, Dominic P., 2003. "The Transaction Costs Tradeoffs Of Private And Public Wildlife Management," Western Economics Forum, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 2(01).

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