Poverty, Land Degradation and Climatic Uncertainty
AbstractThis paper studies farmers who operate in a risky environment at a minimum of subsistence. In particular, the author investigates how poverty influences the soil conservation decision in the absence of formal insurance markets. It is shown that the consequences for the optimal soil conservation decision from poverty differ across the three agricultural activities considered in the model. Output-induced soil depletion increases with poverty while soil conservation incentives improve for the same reason when conservation inputs and win-win technologies are considered. Consequently it remains unclear whether poverty in general induces farmers to manage their resources poorly in the long run. Copyright 1997 by Royal Economic Society.
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Volume (Year): 49 (1997)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
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