Journal of Economics

, Volume 61, Issue 1, pp 65–81

The economics of harvesting predator-prey systems


  • Wolfgang J. Ströbele
    • Institute of EconomicsUniversity of Oldenburg
  • Holger Wacker
    • Institute of EconomicsUniversity of Oldenburg

DOI: 10.1007/BF01231484

Cite this article as:
Ströbele, W.J. & Wacker, H. Zeitschr. f. Nationalökonomie (1995) 61: 65. doi:10.1007/BF01231484


The economics of harvesting a renewable natural resource is well-developed in a framework where environmental conditions of the species looked at are kept constant. For the case of two interacting species as a prey-predator relationship the economics of harvesting one of the two species is analyzed. Questions of existence, uniqueness, and stability are looked at. Applying optimal control theory, a modified golden rule of harvesting is derived.

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