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Title:Biodiversity and geography PDF Logo
Authors:Rauscher, Michael
Barbier, Edward B.
Issue Date:2007
Series/Report no.:Thünen-series of applied economic theory 79
Abstract:The paper combines an economic-geography model of agglomeration and periphery with a model of species diversity and looks at optimal policies of biodiversity conservation. The subject of the paper is 'natural' biodiversity, which is inevitably impaired by anthropogenic impact. Thus, the economic and the ecological system compete for space and the question arises as to how this conflict should be resolved. The decisive parameters of the model are related to biological diversity (endemism vs. redundancy of species) and the patterns of economic geography (centrifugal and centripetal forces). As regards the choice of environmental-policy instruments, it is shown that Pigouvian taxes do not always establish the optimal allocation.
Subjects:biodiversity
new economic geography
agglomeration
species redundancy vs. endemism
environmental regulation
JEL:Q56
Q57
Q58
R12
R14
R23
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Thünen Series of Applied Economic Theory, Universität Rostock

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