Protecting Endangered Species in the United States: Biological Needs, Political Realities, Economic Choices

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Protecting Endangered Species in the United States is a collection of original papers by economists, biologists and political scientists with a common theme--protecting species at risk while safeguarding social order is a policy challenge that entangles biology, politics, and economics. The volume begins by assessing the biological needs that define the endangered species problem. The authors then explore the political realities that delimit the debate--who pays the costs and receives the benefits, and how interest groups affect species protection. The book addresses the economic choices that must be confronted for effective protection strategies including incentive schemes to promote preservation on public and private land.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521087490
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/11/2008
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Authors
1 The Nature of Endangered Species Protection 1
2 Endangered Thought, Political Animals 23
3 A Market Solution for Preserving Biodiversity: The Black Rhino 32
4 Extinction, Recovery, and the Endangered Species Act 51
5 Some Economic Questions about the Biology of Biodiversity Protection: Comments on Gibbons, Brown and Layton, and Beissinger and Perrine 72
6 Interest Group Behavior and Endangered Species Protection 91
7 Beyond Cute and Fuzzy: Science and Politics in the U.S. Endangered Species Act 106
8 Community Politics and Endangered Species Protection 138
9 On Political Realities: Comments on Ando, Cash, and Meyer 166
Replies by Authors 173
10 The Endangered Species Act and Critical Habitat Designation: Economic Consequences for the Colorado River Basin 177
11 The Revealed Demand for a Public Good: Evidence from Endangered and Threatened Species 200
12 The ESA through Coase-Colored Glasses 226
13 On Current Approaches to ESA Analysis: Comments on Watts et al., Coursey, and Anderson 250
Replies by Authors 258
14 The Economics of "Takings" in a Multiparcel Model with a Powerful Government 263
15 Investment, Information Collection, and Endangered Species Conservation on Private Land 312
16 Protecting Species on Private Land 326
17 Compensation for Takings under the ESA: How Much Is Too Much? A Comment 343
Replies by Authors 357
18 Why Economics Matters for Endangered Species Protection and the ESA 365
19 DEMES: Database on the Economics and Management of Endangered Species 374
Index 381
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