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Making the Commons Work: Conservation and Cooperation in Common Property Resources

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  • Thomas van Rensburg

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    (Department of Economics, National University of Ireland, Galway)

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    Commonage represents land held under common property which incorporates a system of local cooperative arrangements and rules to conserve and manage the Irish uplands. We analyse the institutional and economic factors which influence the behavior of commonage farmers under a common property regime using a recursive bivariate probit model. Results show that (1) cooperation has a positive and important impact on commonage conservation; (2) agricultural policies by way of livestock premia increase the level of degradation; whilst (3) farm financial support through agri-environment measures positively affects commonage conservation and encourages cooperation between farmers.

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    Paper provided by National University of Ireland Galway, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 124.

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