Invasive species and delaying the inevitable: Valuation evidence from a national survey

Christopher R. McIntosh, Jason F. Shogren, David C. Finnoff

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Abstract

A survey was designed to elicit donations for delaying inevitable aquatic invasions of inland water bodies within a respondent's region. Surveys were distributed throughout the United States. Assuming all aquatic species groups invade simultaneously, our results suggest that the average person was willing to make a one-time payment of $48 to delay low to high impacts one year (aggregates to nearly $4 billion for all U.S. households). By comparison, the federal government currently (2006) invests $394 million annually for all invasive species (aquatic and terrestrial) prevention and early detection/rapid response.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)632-640
Number of pages9
JournalEcological Economics
Volume69
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 15 2010

Keywords

  • Contingent valuation
  • Delaying the inevitable
  • Invasive species
  • Protection
  • Survey

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