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Distance Friction and the Cost of Hunting in Tropical Forests

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  • Anders H. Siren

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  • Juan-Camilo Cardenas

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  • Peter Hamback

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  • Kalle Parvinen

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Empirical studies of tropical forest hunting have shown the existence of marked spatialgradients of hunting effort, game harvest, and animal abundance, as hunters mostlyhunt near villages, roads, and rivers. The mechanisms underlying these patterns have,however, hitherto been poorly known. This article presents a spatial bioeconomicmodel based on the concept of distance friction, i.e. an increasing marginal cost ofdistance. The model is validated by comparison with an economic field experimentwith Amazonian hunters and with previous empirical data on hunting.

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  • Anders H. Siren & Juan-Camilo Cardenas & Peter Hamback & Kalle Parvinen, 2012. "Distance Friction and the Cost of Hunting in Tropical Forests," DOCUMENTOS CEDE 010317, UNIVERSIDAD DE LOS ANDES-CEDE.
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    1. Sirén, Anders & Parvinen, Kalle, 2015. "A spatial bioeconomic model of the harvest of wild plants and animals," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 116(C), pages 201-210.

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    Keywords

    Hunting; hunting costs; distance friction; field experiments; Amazon;

    JEL classification:

    • C93 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Field Experiments
    • Q20 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - General
    • Q57 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Ecological Economics
    • D13 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Production and Intrahouse Allocation
    • D22 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Empirical Analysis
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification

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