Thursday, August 17, 2006

Make tigers objects of commerce

So suggests Barun Mitra of India's Liberty Institute. Don Boudreaux agrees.

If tigers were owned, and not free for the taking, then stuff like this (3rd para) would be less likely to happen.

2 Comments:

Blogger Insipid Chagrin said...

Excellent critique, but two points:

1) Even if the tigers were the property of people living around the wildlife, assigning property rights ala Coase can only work if they're enforceable and transgression can be monitored. Hard to do in the face of organized, sophisticated poaching, and not much different from the current scenario where tiger hunting is still illegal.

2) There is a very real danger of an impoverished society deciding that the optimal number of hunting licenses is far greater than that encouraged by conservationists, meaning that the number of tigers left may be in market equilibrium, but not necessarily enough to sustain the species.

Conservation by itself is not a free market act, but an externality imposed to ensure that they don't vanish. Tigers are not tourism material - they're nocturnal, reclusive and deep forest creatures. Unlike lions, who prefer open plains.

5:16 PM  
Anonymous tablet pc 10 pulgadas said...

Here, I do not actually think this is likely to have success.

7:45 PM  

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