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Protecting the Booroolong Frog in the Namoi Catchment: A Cost-Benefit Analysis


Jeff Bennett


Crawford School of Public Policy; PERC - Property and Environment Research Center

Tertius Greyling


Australian National University (ANU) - Crawford School of Economics and Government

March 1, 2011

Crawford School Research Paper
Environmental Economics Research Hub Research Paper No. 101

Abstract:     
The Booroolong frog project in the Namoi Catchment represents an environmental investment to protect the species and around 10.7 kilometres of its habitat in the catchment. The project’s benefit-cost ratio (BCR) of 8.6 indicates that the benefits outweigh the costs by a significant margin. The measures introduced by landholders, at relatively low cost, should therefore result in a significant return on investment upon project completion in 10 years time. The benefits are estimated using a choice modelling study which was recently developed for the valuation of investment in natural resource management in the Namoi Catchment. As this is a largely ex ante cost-benefit analysis, the BCR is subject to uncertainty associated with assumptions which had to be made for some variables. However, sensitivity analysis indicates that the project benefits outweigh the costs by a significant margin even under conservative conditions.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 20

Keywords: Cost-Benefit Analysis, Benefit-Cost Ratio, Choice Modelling, Booroolong Frog, Namoi Catchment

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Date posted: August 10, 2011  

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Bennett, Jeff and Greyling, Tertius, Protecting the Booroolong Frog in the Namoi Catchment: A Cost-Benefit Analysis (March 1, 2011). Crawford School Research Paper . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1907481 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1907481

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Jeff W Bennett (Contact Author)
Crawford School of Public Policy ( email )
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

PERC - Property and Environment Research Center
2048 Analysis Drive
Suite A
Bozeman, MT 59718
United States

Tertius Greyling
Australian National University (ANU) - Crawford School of Economics and Government ( email )
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia
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