NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
Columbia University IRI
61 Route 9W
Palisades, NY 10964
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|December 2006||Is the Endangered Species Act Endangering Species?|
with John A. List, Michael Margolis: w12777
We develop theory and present a suite of theoretically consistent empirical measures to explore the extent to which market intervention inadvertently alters resource allocation in a sequentialmove principal/agent game. We showcase our approach empirically by exploring the extent to which the U.S. Endangered Species Act has altered land development patterns. We report evidence indicating significant acceleration of development directly after each of several events deemed likely to raise fears among owners of habitat land. Our preferred estimate suggests an overall acceleration of land development by roughly one year. We also find from complementary hedonic regression models that habitat parcels declined in value when the habitat map was published, which is consistent with our estimates of t...