Identifying the Impacts of Critical Habitat Designation on Land Cover Change

Under the US Endangered Species Act, regulators can confer a critical habitat designation on areas considered vital to the recovery of listed species—a move some say results in considerable economic consequences for landowners. However, an expert assessment of the impacts from 1992 to 2011 finds no significant effect on average.

Working Paper by Erik Nelson, John Withey, Derric Pennington, and Joshua Lawler — June 17, 2015



Erik Nelson

John Withey

Derric Pennington

Joshua Lawler