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Where’s the beef? Cattle producers’ response to endangered species listings

Trey Malone and Richard Melstrom ()

Food Policy, 2020, vol. 91, issue C

Abstract: Agricultural production in the United States relies on extensive land use that sometimes conflicts with federal policies to protect wildlife habitat. A prime example of this conflict is the Endangered Species Act (ESA), which can impose significant penalties on landowners and producers who destroy the habitat of listed species. While prior research has measured the effects of ESA regulations on land values and natural resources, no research has identified the consequences of listing a species on livestock production. In this study, we measure the effect of ESA listings on beef cattle production in the central United States. Results suggest that listing likely has a small positive effect on cattle stocks.

Keywords: Beef cattle; Externalities; Regulations; Endangered Species Act; Conservation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.foodpol.2019.101814

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