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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
    2012-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R30S5P
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology
  • Specialization
    • Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Adamowicz, Vic (Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)
    • Boxall, Peter (Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)
    • Hauer, Grant (Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Adamowicz, Vic (Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)
    • Armstrong, Glen (Department of Renewable Resources)
    • Boxall, Peter (Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)