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Animal welfare: an economic perspective

Animal welfare: an economic perspective

Occasional Paper Department of Agricultural Economics and Management, University of Reading ( 3): 9-25

This paper presents some basic considerations about how animal welfare might be interpreted as an economic concept and how this fits into the frameworks used for economic analysis. A (perceived) animal welfare-livestock productivity frontier shows the trade-offs between animal welfare gains and livestock productivity gains. The relationship between perceived welfare gains and productivity losses implies higher costs and impacts on final food prices.

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