Extending Weitzman's economic ranking of biodiversity protection: combining ecological and genetic considerations

C.M. van der Heide, J.C.J.M. van den Bergh, E.C. van Ierland

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This paper presents a critique and extension of Weitzman's cost-effectiveness criterion for ranking biodiversity-protecting projects. Weitzman's result, which is entirely based on genetic diversity, is argued to be able to give rise to incorrect policy advice on biodiversity protection. The reason is that ecological relationships are not included. In order to do so, dependent survival probabilities are introduced. It is shown that these give rise to a different ranking of biodiversity-protecting projects. Subsequently, alternative evaluation criteria are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)218-223
Number of pages5
JournalEcological Economics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2005



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