Working Paper Series, Department Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Tobias Häggmark Svensson
Estimating the marginal impact of large carnivores on the hunting value of roe deer
() and Katarina Elofsson
Abstract: Hunting is an important recreational activity for large
numbers of people. The roe deer is one of the most popular types of game in
Sweden; however, recently the roe deer population has decreased. It is
argued that this decrease is due to an increase in predator populations.
The aim of this paper is to identify and compare the impact of lynxes and
wolves on the hunting values of roe deer, taking into account that the
impact depends on the hunting effort. The impact of the predators on the
roe deer harvests is estimated econometrically, using a production function
approach that accounts for the abundance of predators and the alternative
prey, as well as the climatic conditions. The results show that the
marginal cost of wolves is larger than that of additional lynx families in
terms of their impact on the roe deer harvest values. The marginal costs of
the predators vary with the hunter effort and the presence of alternative
prey, which can have implications for policies affecting the regional
allocation of the wolves and the lynxes.
Keywords: Production function approach; Hunting; Costs; Roe deer; Lynx; Wolves.; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: Q26; Q57; (follow links to similar papers)
46 pages, June 29, 2016
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