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The Economics of Protecting Tiger Populations: Linking Household Behavior to Poaching and Prey Depletion

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  • Richard Damania
  • Randy Stringer
  • K. Ullas Karanth
  • Brad Stith

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The tiger (Panthera tigris) is classi- fied as endangered and populations continue to decline. This paper presents a formal economic analysis of the two most imminent threats to the survival of wild tigers: poaching tigers and hunting their prey. A model is developed to examine interactions between tigers and farm households living in and around tiger habitats. The analysis extends the existing literature on tiger demography, incorporating predator-prey interactions and exploring the sensitivity of tiger populations to key economic parameters. The analysis aims to contribute to policy debates on how best to protect one of the world’ s most endangered wild cats.

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  • Richard Damania & Randy Stringer & K. Ullas Karanth & Brad Stith, 2003. "The Economics of Protecting Tiger Populations: Linking Household Behavior to Poaching and Prey Depletion," Land Economics, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 79(2), pages 198-216.
  • Handle: RePEc:uwp:landec:v:79:y:2003:i:2:p:198-216
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    • Q22 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Fishery

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