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Home off the Range: The Role of Wild Horse Internet Adoptions in Informing Sustainable Western United State Rangeland Management

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Department of Economics, Allegheny College, Meadville, PA 16335, USA
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Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506, USA
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Sustainability 2020, 12(1), 279; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12010279
Received: 31 October 2019 / Revised: 4 December 2019 / Accepted: 23 December 2019 / Published: 30 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability in the Equine Industry)
According to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), there are about 60,000 more wild horses and burros roaming the rangelands in the western United States than the land can sustain. While the BLM is pursuing a number of strategies to address this imbalance, placing wild horses and burros in private homes is one of the most preferred options. However, little is known about the demand for wild horses. This paper utilizes data from internet adoptions of wild horses to better understand the demand side of the market. More specifically, results from a Heckman selection model provide estimates of the market value of various characteristics of wild horses. By describing adopter preferences, these estimates can aid policy makers in optimizing strategies to manage the wild horse population. View Full-Text
Keywords: wild horses and burros; bureau of land management; public adoption; resource policy wild horses and burros; bureau of land management; public adoption; resource policy
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Bender, K.; Stowe, C.J. Home off the Range: The Role of Wild Horse Internet Adoptions in Informing Sustainable Western United State Rangeland Management. Sustainability 2020, 12, 279.

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