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Does Legalization Reduce Black Market Activity? Evidence from a Global Ivory Experiment and Elephant Poaching Data

Solomon Hsiang, Nitin Sekar

NBER Working Paper No. 22314
Issued in June 2016

---- Acknowledgements ----

We thank Scott Barrett, Julian Blanc, Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz, Christopher Costello, Jeremy Darrington, Andy Dobson, Ray Fisman, Martin Heijdra, Kelsey Jack, Amir Jina, Molly Lipscomb, Tom Milliken, Dinsha Mistree, Katarzyna Nowak, Michael Oppenheimer, Andrew Plantinga, Steven Raphael, Mary Rice, Shruti Suresh, Reed Walker, David Wilcove, Tom Vogl, and seminar participants at Columbia University, UC Berkeley, the UC Santa Barbara Occasional Conference, the NBER EEE meeting, and the Triangle Resources and Environmental Economics Seminar, for important comments and suggestions. N.S. was funded by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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