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Can the Big Bad Wolf Save Your Life?

  • Dominic Parker,
  • Jennifer Raynor
  • Research from PERC fellows shows a general economic benefit to the presence of wolves, but complexities abound. The latest episode of the popular Freakonomics Radio podcast features PERC Senior Fellow Dominic Parker and PERC 2021 Lone Mountain Fellow Jennifer Raynor exploring the economics behind the great wolf debate.

    A key takeaway: To make wolf recovery sustainable, policymakers should make sure that the economic benefits of wolves are enjoyed broadly, including by the farmers and ranchers who have disproportionately borne the costs of living with wolves.

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    • Dominic Parker
      Dominic Parker
      • Senior Fellow

      Dominic (Nick) Parker, is a PERC senior fellow as well as director of PERC’s summer fellowship program. Nick is also a professor of applied economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he serves in editorial roles for three leading academic journals in environmental and resource economics.

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