Analyzing the Economic Benefit of Woodland Caribou Conservation in Alberta

  • Author / Creator
    Harper, Dana L
  • This thesis seeks to measure the economic benefits of Woodland Caribou conservation
    in Alberta, Canada. Woodland Caribou are listed as threatened (Environment Canada
    2008) both federally and provincially.
    Stated preference techniques were used to elicit the public’s willingness to pay for
    caribou conservation using the contingent valuation technique and a form of attribute
    based choice. Data were collected using a central facility method, audience response
    systems and the ballot box technique in various locations across Alberta. Conditional
    logit and random parameters logit models were estimated for both valuation formats
    individually as well as jointly. A range of benefit estimates were developed.
    These benefit data were then compared with cost data (Schneider et al. 2010) to
    examine the economically efficient level of caribou conservation. This study develops
    economic value measures in the context of both legislation and the comparison of
    valuation approaches.

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  • Graduation date
    Spring 2012
  • Type of Item
  • Degree
    Master of Science
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