The Elephant in the Room: Why "When The Buying Stops, The Killing Can Too" Is Still Relevant To Ivory Consumption

Author(s): Peishan Yu, Austin Gaghadar, Chris Dann, Ian Hsieh, Manuela Kiehl, Joon Bang

Type: Research abstract

Department: Department of Economic History

Exhibit no: 34

From a demand side perspective, the research analyzes the current anti "elephant poaching" efforts.

Using China as a case study, the research examines the relationship between the rise in disposable incomes and ivory demand, the "bandwagon effect" of consumption, and the signaling effect of ivory burns and crushes.