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‘If you build them, will they pay?’ – Institutions for private sector nature conservation


  • Whitten, Stuart M.


The nature conservation sector within Australia is dominated by the government sector. The degree of dominance in Australia is not necessarily exhibited in other countries, in particular the United States. The degree of dominance is suggested to be, in part, a product of the institutional framework that nature conservation is undertaken within. The institutional framework along with the characteristics of the goods and services produced shapes the range and type of activities undertaken by the private sector. The range of constraints faced by the private sector within Australia differs from those faced in other nations. In this paper some of these differences are identified. The implications are examined by reference to institutions and the resulting incentives in the United States and the United Kingdom in particular. The paper concludes with suggestions for policy strategies to mobilise the nongovernment nature conservation sector.

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  • Whitten, Stuart M., 2001. "‘If you build them, will they pay?’ – Institutions for private sector nature conservation," 2001 Conference (45th), January 23-25, 2001, Adelaide, Australia 126061, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aare01:126061
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.126061

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