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Endangerment and Likeability of Wildlife Species: How Important are they for Payments Proposed for Conservation?

Nantha, Hemanath, Tisdell, Clem, & Wilson, Clevo (2007) Endangerment and Likeability of Wildlife Species: How Important are they for Payments Proposed for Conservation? Ecological Economics, 60(3), pp. 627-633.

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Abstract

This paper examines empirically the relative influence of the degree of endangerment of wildlife species and their stated likeability on individuals' allocation of funds for their conservation. To do this, it utilises data obtained from the IUCN Red List, and likeability and fund allocation data obtained from two serial surveys of a sample of the Australian public who were requested to assess 24 Australian wildlife species from three animal classes: mammals, birds and reptiles. Between the first and second survey, respondents were provided with extra information about the focal species. This information resulted in the dominance of endangerment as the major influence on the allocation of funding of respondents for the conservation of the focal wildlife species. Our results throw doubts on the proposition in the literature that the likeability of species is the dominant influence on willingness to pay for conservation of wildlife species. Furthermore, because the public's allocation of fund for conserving wildlife species seems to be more sensitive to information about the conservation status of species than to factors influencing their likeability, greater attention to providing accurate information about the former than the latter seems justified.

Keywords: Conservation of wildlife species; Contingent valuation; Endangerment of species; Likeability of species; Willingness to pay

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ID Code: 23218
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Conservation of Wildlife Species, Contingent Valuation, Endangerment of Species, Likeability of Species, Willingness to Pay
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2006.01.007
ISSN: 0921-8009
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > APPLIED ECONOMICS (140200) > Environment and Resource Economics (140205)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > APPLIED ECONOMICS (140200) > Applied Economics not elsewhere classified (140299)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Economics & Finance
Copyright Owner: Elsevier
Deposited On: 17 Jun 2009 23:46
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:22

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