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An investigation of the determinants of household demand for bushmeat in the Serengeti using an open-ended choice experiment

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  • Fischer, Anke
  • Hanley, Nicholas
  • Lowassa, Asanterabi
  • Milner-Gulland, Eleanor J
  • Moro, Mirko
  • Naiman, Loiruck C

Abstract

Illegal hunting for bushmeat is regarded as an important cause of biodiversity decline in Africa. We use a stated preferences method to obtain information on determinants of demand for bushmeat in villages around the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. We estimate the effects of changes in the own price of bushmeat and in the prices of two substitute protein sources - fish and chicken. Promoting the availability of protein substitutes at lower prices would be effective at reducing pressures on wildlife. Supply-side measures that raise the price of bushmeat would also be e ffective.

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  • Fischer, Anke & Hanley, Nicholas & Lowassa, Asanterabi & Milner-Gulland, Eleanor J & Moro, Mirko & Naiman, Loiruck C, 2014. "An investigation of the determinants of household demand for bushmeat in the Serengeti using an open-ended choice experiment," Stirling Economics Discussion Papers 2014-07, University of Stirling, Division of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:stl:stledp:2014-07
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    conservation; illegal bushmeat; stated preferences; open-ended choice experiments; price elasticity of demand; alternative protein sources; Tanzania;

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