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Patterns of Behavior in Endangered Species Preservation
Andrew Metrick and Martin L. Weitzman
Vol. 72, No. 1 (Feb., 1996), pp. 1-16
Published by: University of Wisconsin Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3147153
Page Count: 16
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This paper analyzes statistically the main determinants of government decisions about the preservation of endangered species. As explanatory variables, we use proxies that include 'scientific' species characteristics, such as "degree of endangerment" and "taxonomic uniqueness" as well as 'visceral' characteristics, such as "physical size" and the degree to which a species is considered a "higher form of life." These proxies are used to study the government's protection and spending decisions on individual species. Overall, we find that the role of visceral characteristics is much greater than the role of scientific characteristics.
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