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Does animal charisma influence conservation funding for vertebrate species under the US Endangered Species Act?

  • Alejandro M. BellonEmail author
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Abstract

The US federal government spent 6 billion dollars to protect endangered species in 2013. The previous studies have shown that federal funding allocated under the Endangered Species Act is not necessarily based on the priority a species has been assigned by the Fish and Wildlife Service. This paper asks whether this continues to be the case using more recent data from 2013. It analyzes what factors affect total species funding by various federal agencies under the Endangered Species Act, and particularly examines the role of animal charisma using the number of Google results per species as a proxy. Results show that, while federal priority ranking had no effect on funding, charisma had a significant effect, suggesting biased funding for some species of animals.

Keywords

Charisma Endangered species Funding Value Priority rank 

Abbreviations

ESA

Endangered Species Act

FWS

Fish and Wildlife Service

NOAA

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

OLS

Ordinary Least Squares

Notes

Acknowledgements

I would like to thank P. Jefferson for the initial impulse which led to this paper as well as his feedback. I am also grateful to F. Carocciolo for providing econometric advice. Finally I would like to thank J. Lauderdale for comments and editing.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The School of Life Sciences at Arizona State UniversityTempeUSA
  2. 2.Swarthmore CollegeSwarthmoreUSA
  3. 3.Arizona State University, Life Sciences A Wing #123TempeUSA

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