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Ownership and the Regulation of Wildlife

Dean Lueck

Economic Inquiry, 1991, vol. 29, issue 2, 249-60

Abstract: The use of public resources is governed by a combination of private contracts and public regulations. Most often, private landowners control access rights, and government agencies regulate hunting and other uses. This paper shows that these institutions depend on wildlife values and the ability of private landowners to control access to species that inhabit their land. Logit regressions and literary sources are used to test implications about private hunting rights and state regulations. The data support the view that private, legal, and political forces have led to institutions that vary in ways consistent with wealth maximization. Copyright 1991 by Oxford University Press.

Date: 1991
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