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The Dog That Doesn't Bark: Animal Interests in Economics

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dc.contributor.author Boyle, Glenn
dc.date.accessioned 2015-02-11T21:39:14Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-07-07T02:07:37Z
dc.date.available 2015-02-11T21:39:14Z
dc.date.available 2022-07-07T02:07:37Z
dc.date.copyright 3/11/2008
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/19118
dc.description.abstract Although animal welfare issues have become increasingly important to the economic fortunes of many producers the interests of animals themselves are absent from standard economic analysis. By contrast scholars from other disciplines such as philosophy and law have examined animal issues in considerable detail. This paper outlines a simple way of formally incorporating the insights of these discipines within a traditional economics framework. If animals have economic standing then current practice makes excessive use of animals as production inputs and is thus economically inefficient. However efficiency would not in general entail zero use. Optimal usage depends on the costs to animals and the benefits to humans and thus reflects the usual cost-benefit tradeoff inherent in economics. Even if animals are accorded no economic standing externalities imposed on human producers leads to similar qualitative conclusions. en_NZ
dc.format pdf en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.rights Permission to publish research outputs of the New Zealand Institute for the Study of Competition and Regulation has been granted to the Victoria University of Wellington Library. Refer to the permission letter in record: https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/18870 en_NZ
dc.title The Dog That Doesn't Bark: Animal Interests in Economics en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit New Zealand Institute for the Study of Competition and Regulation en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit Victoria Business School: Orauariki en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 149999 Economics not elsewhere classified en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Working or Occasional Paper en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcforV2 389999 Other economics not elsewhere classified en_NZ

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