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You Can't Drag Them Away: An Economic Analysis of the Wild Horse and Burro Program


Vanessa Elizondo


Facultad de Derecho

Timothy Fitzgerald


Montana State University - Bozeman

Randal R. Rucker


Montana State University - Bozeman - Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics; PERC - Property and Environment Research Center

May 21, 2012


Abstract:     
Since 1971 wild horses and burros living on federal land have been legally protected. This protection restricts the removal of horses from the range and stipulates restrictive conditions under which removed horses can be transferred to private ownership. The Bureau of Land Management periodically gathers some of these horses to prevent overpopulation on the range. An empirical analysis of BLM gathers finds political as well as biological influences on the probability and size of gathers. Once these horses are removed from the range, BLM tries to place them in private hands. However, the low quality of some wild horses and contractual restrictions prevent many of the animals from being transferred. As a result, BLM incurs substantial costs to feed these animals for the rest of their lives. An empirical analysis of the demand for wild horses decomposes the probability of disposal and the price received for the horses. These results permit analysis of alternative policy regimes that promote disposal of additional animals and lower program costs.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 49

Keywords: wild horses and burros, program analysis, political economy, hedonic analysis

JEL Classification: H43, H82, Q28

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Date posted: July 3, 2012  

Suggested Citation

Elizondo, Vanessa and Fitzgerald, Timothy and Rucker, Randal R., You Can't Drag Them Away: An Economic Analysis of the Wild Horse and Burro Program (May 21, 2012). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2064180 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2064180

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Vanessa Elizondo
Facultad de Derecho
Avda. Pío Nono N° 1, Piso 4
Providencia, Santiago
Chile
Chile
Tim Fitzgerald (Contact Author)
Montana State University - Bozeman ( email )
Bozeman, MT 59717
Randal R. Rucker
Montana State University - Bozeman - Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics ( email )
Bozeman, MT 59717-2920
United States
406-994-5644 (Phone)
406-994-4838 (Fax)
PERC - Property and Environment Research Center
2048 Analysis Drive
Suite A
Bozeman, MT 59718
United States

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