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dc.contributor.authorLane, Brock
dc.date.accessioned2018-06-26T22:34:14Z
dc.date.available2018-06-26T22:34:14Z
dc.date.issued2018-05
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11122/8729
dc.descriptionThesis (M.S.) University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2018en_US
dc.description.abstractIn Alaska, hunting permits are distributed by traditional lottery. The absence of a preference point system means that applicants have little invested in their applications, and there are a variety of fallback hunting opportunities. Not unlike a jackpot-style state lottery, the cost to play is low relative to the potential prize winnings. These factors may cause risk-averse or risk-neutral individuals to exhibit a preference for positive skewness in their bets. Analysis in this paper is focused on four prevalent game species: moose, dall sheep, mountain goat, and bison. Pooled Ordinary Least Squares regression models were constructed to predict permit application levels as a function of various hunt characteristics, qualities, and restrictions. Permit descriptions are provided to applicants in a published document called the drawing supplement, which is the primary source of data for this study. Additional hunter-reported data is obtained from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website. A comparison of calculated permit values and private ranch hunting opportunities validates many of the observations drawn from the models. Permit values are also used to fit a cubic model of bettor utility. Even when awarded prizes are not monetary, applicants exhibit a preference for positive skewness and aversion from risk that is typically associated with gambling.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectFish and game licensesen_US
dc.subjectAlaskaen_US
dc.subjectFeesen_US
dc.titleHunters like skewness, not risk: evidence of gambling behaviors in the Alaska hunting permit lotteryen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.type.degreemsen_US
dc.identifier.departmentResource and Applied Economicsen_US
dc.contributor.chairLittle, Joseph
dc.contributor.committeeGreenberg, Joshua
dc.contributor.committeeBaek, Jungho
refterms.dateFOA2020-03-05T17:01:11Z


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