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Is Bioprospecting A Viable Strategy for Conserving Tropical Ecosystems?

Christopher Barrett () and Travis Lybbert ()

No 127695, Working Papers from Cornell University, Department of Applied Economics and Management

Abstract: This paper explores whether bioprospecting can reasonably be expected to change rural incentives to conserve tropical ecosystems. Bioprospecting advocates posit that the prospect of discovery ofbiota of immense commercial worth offers an avenue to increase the valuation of nature and endogenously reduce consumptive use of habitat. We consider the microeconomic mechanisms by which bioprospecting might affect incentives and the distributional consequences of these effects.

Keywords: Resource; /Energy; Economics; and; Policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1999-06
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.127695

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