Downward sloping demand for environmental amenities and international compensation: elephant conservation and strategic culling

Authors

  • Erwin Bulte,

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    1. Department of Economics, Tilburg University, PO. Box 90153, 5000 LE Tilburg, The Netherlands
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  • G. Cornelis van Kooten

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    1. Department of Agricultural Economics, University of British Columbia, Rm. 303, Henry Angus Building, 2054 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z2 Canada
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E-mail addresses: e.h.bulte@kub.nl (E. Bulte).

E-mail addresses: gerrit@unixg.ubc.ca (G. Cornelis van Kooten)

Abstract

Conventional wisdom holds that monetary compensation for positive transboundary externalities will promote conservation of resource amenities. We demonstrate that, in the case of elephant conservation, international transfers may also result in strategic behavior by host countries, with adverse implications for global welfare and in situ stocks.

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