Impact of the ivory trade ban on poaching incentives : a numerical example

  title={Impact of the ivory trade ban on poaching incentives : a numerical example},
  author={Rasmus Heltberg},
How does the CITES trade ban on international trade in elephant ivory affect the incentives to poach African elephants? In this commentary, the major effects of a trade ban on poaching incentives are captured in a simple static model of world ivory supply and demand. It is shown that a trade ban has ambiguous effects on poaching incentives. Although the ban reduces international ivory demand, official production as well as confiscations are withheld from consumer markets, increasing black… CONTINUE READING

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