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The value of badger populations and control of tuberculosis in cattle in England and Wales: A note

Bennett, R. and Willis, K. (2007) The value of badger populations and control of tuberculosis in cattle in England and Wales: A note. Journal of Agricultural Economics, 58 (1). pp. 152-156. ISSN 0021-857X

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1111/j.1477-9552.2007.00079.x

Abstract/Summary

This note reports on the results of a choice experiment survey of 400 people in England and Wales, conducted to estimate the value that society places on changes to the size of the badger population. The study was undertaken in the context of the possible need to reduce the badger population by culling to help control bovine tuberculosis in cattle. The study found that people were concerned about the problem of bovine tuberculosis in cattle, which was reflected in their willingness to pay to control the disease, and gave a relatively low value to changes in the size of the badger population (within limits). However, people did not like the idea of a policy that intentionally killed large numbers of badgers and had a relatively very high willingness to pay not to have such a policy.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
ID Code:8311
Uncontrolled Keywords:badgers, bovine tuberculosis, choice experiment, disease control

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