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Performance payments for groups: the case of carnivore conservation in Northern Sweden
Berner Fachhochshule.
CERE, Center of Environmental and Resource Economics and Department of Forest Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU, Umeå, Sweden.
ETH Zurich.
2014 (English)In: Environmental and Resource Economics, ISSN 0924-6460, E-ISSN 1573-1502, Vol. 59, no 4, 613-631 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper presents a first empirical assessment of carnivore conservation under a performance payment scheme. In Sweden, reindeer herder villages are paid based on the number of lynx (lynx lynx) and wolverine (gulo gulo) offspring certified on their pastures. The villages decide on the internal payment distribution. It is generally assumed that benefit distribution rules are exogenous. We investigate them as an endogenous decision. The data reveals that villages’ group size has a direct negative effect on conservation outcomes and an indirect positive effect which impacts conservation outcomes through the benefit distribution rule. This result revises the collective action hypothesis on purely negative effects of group size.

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Springer, 2014. Vol. 59, no 4, 613-631 p.
Keyword [en]
performance payments, group payments, wildlife conservation, empirical policy assessment, Sweden, lynx, wolverine
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Economics Environmental Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-83533DOI: 10.1007/s10640-013-9752-xISI: 000344736700006OAI: diva2:668647
Available from: 2013-12-02 Created: 2013-12-02 Last updated: 2014-12-18Bibliographically approved

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