Protecting Species Through Legislation: The Case of Sea Turtles

29 Pages Posted: 24 Mar 2020

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Michael Brei

Université de Lille

Agustín Pérez‐Barahona

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Eric Strobl

Ecole Polytechnique, Paris - Department of Economic Sciences; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: January 2020

Abstract

We evaluate the effectiveness of legislation in reducing the negative impacts of beachfront lighting on sea turtle nesting activity, one of the main threats to the species. To this end we construct a time varying index of ordinance effectiveness across Florida counties and combine this with loggerhead nesting data to create a panel data set covering a twenty‐six year period. Our econometric findings show that such legislation can significantly increase nesting activity, where current levels of protection result in an additional 34%. Using our estimates within a calibrated population model we also demonstrate that legislation can reduce the time to the animals’ extinction. Finally, when considering estimates of local willingness to pay for sea turtle preservation, we show that alternatively raising sea turtles in captivity under a head start program may be prohibitively expensive.

Keywords: species protection, legislation, sea turtles

Suggested Citation

Brei, Michael and Pérez‐Barahona, Agustín and Strobl, Eric, Protecting Species Through Legislation: The Case of Sea Turtles (January 2020). American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 102, Issue 1, pp. 300-328, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3558955 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajae/aaz025

Michael Brei (Contact Author)

Université de Lille ( email )

Cité Scientifique
Villeneuve-d'Ascq, 59650
France

Agustín Pérez‐Barahona

affiliation not provided to SSRN

No Address Available

Eric Strobl

Ecole Polytechnique, Paris - Department of Economic Sciences ( email )

Ecole Polytechnique
Department of Economics
Paris, 75005
France

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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