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Conservation: Economics, Science, and Policy

Charles Perrings and Ann Kinzig


This book explores the process by which people decide to conserve or convert natural resources. Building on a seminal study by Harold Hotelling that connects conservation to expected changes in the value of resources, the authors develop the general principles involved in conservation science. The focus of the book is the resources of the natural environment. This includes both directly exploited resources such as agricultural soils, minerals, forests, and fish stocks, and biodiversity—the wild species and natural ecosystems put at risk when people choose to convert natural habitat, or to disc ... More

Keywords: conservation economics, conservation science, conservation policy, biodiversity, valuation, environmental externalities, environmental public goods, protected areas, environmental regulation, environmental agreements

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780190613600
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190613600.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles Perrings, author
Professor of Environmental Economics, Arizona State University

Ann Kinzig, author
Professor of Biology and Society, Arizona State University