Title

Environmental and Distributional Impacts of Conservation Targeting Strategies

Campus Units

Economics

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Submitted Manuscript

Publication Date

5-2001

Journal or Book Title

Journal of Environmental Economics and Management

Volume

41

Issue

3

First Page or Article ID Number

333

Last Page

350

DOI

10.1006/jeem.2000.1146

Abstract

Resource purchasing funds have become a major tool for environmental protection and resource conservation. These funds use various strategies to target resources for conservation, the choice of which may lead to striking differences in environmental performance. This paper develops an analytical framework to analyze the impact of alternative targeting strategies on different interest groups, including consumers, producers, labor, and environmentalists. We show that ignoring the output price effect of purchasing funds reduces environmental gain and in some cases may make a purchasing fund counterproductive, and we argue that the optimal design of targeting criteria must consider the price feedback effect.

Comments

This working paper was published as Wu, JunJie, David Zilberman and Bruce A. Babcock, "Environmental and Distributional Impacts of Conservation Targeting Strategies," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 41 (2001): 333–350, doi:10.1006/jeem.2000.1146.