What can economists do for animal welfare?
Ultimately, we as humans decide what living conditions should be available to farm animals. However, in practice the responsibility is much more opaque than that. Farmers claim that their hands are tied due to price competition; people in their role as consumers claim that they in practice don‟t have much of a choice; at the same time, limited market shares for most animal welfare friendly products indicate that consumer are not willing to pay the costs of improving animal welfare; and people in their role as citizens claim that decisions concerning animal welfare should not be left to the market place. Economic analyses can play an important role in helping us to get out of this deadlock.
Other Titles/Title of Conference
UFAW International Symposium, Portsmouth, UK
Universities Federation for Animal Welfare
Journal Title/Title of Proceedings
Making animal welfare improvements: Economic and other incentives and constraints