Stochastic Dominance, Entropy and Biodiversity Management
Catherine Chambers (),
Paul Chambers (),
John R. Crooker () and
John C. Whitehead ()
Additional contact information Catherine Chambers: University of Central Missouri
Paul Chambers: University of Central Missouri
In this paper we develop a model of population dynamics using the Shannon entropy index, a measure of diversity that allows for global and specific population shocks. We model the effects of increasing the number of parcels on biodiversity, varying the number of spatially diverse parcels to capture risk diversification. We discuss the concepts of stochastic dominance as a means of project selection, in order to model biodiversity returns and risks. Using a Monte Carlo simulation we find that stochastic dominance may be a useful theoretical construct for project selections but it is unable to rank every case.