Waiting to be protected under the endangered species act: The political economy of regulatory delay

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Abstract

This paper uses duration analysis to evaluate the ability of interest groups to influence the timing of decisions to add species to the endangered species list by exerting pressure on the Fish and Wildlife Service. Using data from 1990 to 1994, it finds that public opposition and support can substantially slow and hasten, respectively, the progress of candidate species through the parts of the listing process most directly under the agency's control. Since the Service is not an atypical agency, similar patterns of public influence on delay may exist in other areas of bureaucratic decision making as well.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-60
Number of pages32
JournalJournal of Law and Economics
Volume42
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Law

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