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dc.contributor.authorBicknell, Kathryn B.en
dc.date.accessioned2011-12-05T23:00:37Z
dc.date.issued2010-08en
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10182/4079
dc.description.abstractAnimal welfare considerations are becoming increasingly important for producers of animal-derived agricultural products. Recent media attention on issues of housing conditions for intensively reared livestock and induced calving in dairy production make it clear that some members of the public feel strongly about the overall welfare of farm animals. In many cases, practices that are now perceived as welfare unfriendly are also associated with lower per-unit costs of production, creating a ‘classic’ economic trade-off between production and welfare objectives. In this paper a relatively simple partial equilibrium model is used to illustrate that the distributional impacts of animal welfare regulations (for both humans and animals) depend critically on whether the domestic market is open to international competition. A preliminary case study involving housing options for sows in New Zealand provides an empirical illustration of the possible magnitude of the costs of welfare enhancing policies in a small open economy when the country is a net importer. The fact that welfare enhancing policy is driven by consumers who do not share the resulting economic burden raises important philosophical questions about how society defines what is acceptable on welfare grounds, and whether there is any economic justification for mitigating the costs when they accrue only to one sector of the economy.en
dc.format.extent1-13en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherNew Zealand Agricultural and Resource Economics Societyen
dc.relationThe original publication is available from - New Zealand Agricultural and Resource Economics Societyen
dc.rightsCopyright by author(s). Readers may make copies of this document for non-commercial purposes only, provided that this copyright notice appears on all such copies.en
dc.sourceNZARES Annual Conference 2010en
dc.subjectanimal welfareen
dc.subjectpartial equilibrium analysisen
dc.subjectexternalityen
dc.subjecteconomic surplusen
dc.titleEconomic considerations of animal welfare policyen
dc.typeConference Contribution - Published
lu.contributor.unitLincoln Universityen
lu.contributor.unitFaculty of Agribusiness and Commerceen
lu.contributor.unitDepartment of Global Value Chains and Tradeen
lu.contributor.unitResearch Management Officeen
lu.contributor.unit/LU/Research Management Office/2018 PBRF Staff groupen
pubs.finish-date2010-08-27en
pubs.notesPaper presented at the 2010 New Zealand Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (Inc.) Conference, Tahuna Conference Centre – Nelson, New Zealand. August 26-27, 2010.en
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pubs.organisational-group/LU/Faculty of Agribusiness and Commerce
pubs.organisational-group/LU/Faculty of Agribusiness and Commerce/GVCT
pubs.organisational-group/LU/Research Management Office
pubs.organisational-group/LU/Research Management Office/2018 PBRF Staff group
pubs.publication-statusPublisheden
pubs.start-date2010-08-26en
lu.identifier.orcid0000-0002-6239-6712
lu.subtypeConference Paperen


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