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The Connection between Biodiversity and Well-Being: A New Zealand Case Study

Richard Yao () and Pamela Kaval ()

Working Papers in Economics from University of Waikato

Abstract: The link between human well-being and biodiversity has not been well studied and was therefore the goal of this research project. Focus was placed on an increase in New Zealand native biodiversity, by an increase in the number of native trees and shrubs being planted on public lands. An increase in well-being occurred in response to an increase in native biodiversity for urban residents that have lived in their current home for less than six years. Responses were also affected by household income, whether a person was self employed and their level of education. We believe this information will be useful in targeting future community participants for voluntary biodiversity projects.

Keywords: native biodiversity; New Zealand; well-being; utility; community volunteers (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q2 Q51 Q57 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 14 pages
Date: 2009-02-28
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