CERE Working Papers, CERE - the Center for Environmental and Resource Economics
Beware of the wolf: Is animal fear affecting willingness to pay for conservation of large carnivores?
(), Maria Johansson, Jens Karlsson and Magnus Sjöström
Abstract: From an interdisciplinary approach, this study aims at
analysing self-reported animal fear, specifically large carnivore fear, in
relation to public willingness to financially contribute to fulfil a
governmental policy on large carnivore-induced costs. In a survey of 2 455
Swedes, it was found that people whose animal fear was directed
particularly towards large carnivores, were less likely to be willing to
pay (WTP), or were likely to be willing to pay a lower amount of money. In
the prediction of WTP, the contribution of the fear variables was equally
important as the socio-economic factors. From a management point of view it
seems urgent to understand what kinds of measures that may reduce human
fear of large carnivores. It is also suggested that further studies should
include standardised measures of anxiety and fear in order to be able to
closer link the results of large carnivore fear to the psychological
literature on human fears.
Keywords: Carnivores; willingness-to-pay; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: Q51; (follow links to similar papers)
19 pages, May 3, 2010
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