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 To what extent are speculators like the wolves in this very interesting brief documentary on Yellowstone's ecosystem?

Gary Rogan writes:

Clearly the both the wolves and speculators improve their respective ecosystems, so in that sense they are alike. As far as I can tell speculators provide one main benefit to the world: they remove irrational anomalies from markets by making a profit off any irrationality they are capable of perceiving. They also provide liquidity under difficult circumstances, which could be thought of as a special case of the previous function. Is it the same as controlling the overgrazing deer? Seems like a stretch, but if I were on debate team where I'd have to argue this point, I'm sure I could come up with some plausible arguments.


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  1. Hernan Avella on January 10, 2015 4:57 pm

    Perhaps this article is relevant:
    Yellowstone Wolves and the Forces That Structure Natural Systems
    http://www.plosbiology.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pbio.1002025

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