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The Bobolink Project: Selling Public Goods from Ecosystem Services Using Provision Point Mechanisms

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  • Stephen K. Swallow

    () (University of Connecticut)

  • Christopher Anderson

    () (University of Washington)

  • Emi Uchida

    () (University of Rhode Island)

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We report a two-year field experiment that solicited residents of Jamestown, Rhode Island, USA, to contribute funds to support contracts with farmers willing to provide a portfolio of public goods associated with improving the nesting success of grassland birds, particularly the Bobolink. A direct-mail marketing experiment collected funds through four provision point, money-back guarantee mechanisms: a voluntary contribution mechanism with a proportional rebate; a pivotal mechanism based on the Clarke tax; and two novel uniform price auction mechanisms. Valuation estimates recovered from the voluntary contribution mechanism approached that of the pivotal mechanism, with one uniform price auction falling lower.

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  • Stephen K. Swallow & Christopher Anderson & Emi Uchida, 2012. "The Bobolink Project: Selling Public Goods from Ecosystem Services Using Provision Point Mechanisms," Working Papers 16, University of Connecticut, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Charles J. Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy.
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    1. Swallow, Stephen K., 2013. "Demand-side Value for Ecosystem Services and Implications for Innovative Markets: Experimental Perspectives on the Possibility of Private Markets for Public Goods," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Cambridge University Press, vol. 42(01), pages 33-56, April.
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    3. Li, Zhi & Liu, Pengfei & Swallow, Stephen K., 2017. "Supporting Private Provision of Ecosystem Services through Contracts: Evidence from Lab and Field Experiments," 2018 Allied Social Sciences Association (ASSA) Annual Meeting, January 5-7, 2018, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 266300, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

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