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Bioeconomic modeling of wetlands and waterfowl in Western Canada: Accounting for amenity values

  • G. Cornelis van Kooten
  • Patrick Withey
  • Linda Wong

This study extends an original bioeconomic model of optimal duck harvest and wetland retention by bringing in amenity values related to the nonmarket (in situ) benefits of waterfowl plsi the ecosystem values of wetlands themselves. The model maximizes benefits to hunters as well as the amenity values of ducks and ecosystem benefits of wetlands, subject to the population dynamics. Results indicate that wetlands and duck harvests need to be increased relative to historical levels. Further, the socially optimal ratio of duck harvest to wetlands is larger than what has been observed historically. Including amenity values leads to a significant increase in the quantity of wetlands and duck harvests relative to models that focus only on hunting values.

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Paper provided by University of Victoria, Department of Economics, Resource Economics and Policy Analysis Research Group in its series Working Papers with number 2010-04.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2010
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Handle: RePEc:rep:wpaper:2010-04
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