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The role of farmers' property rights in soil ecosystem services conservation

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This paper analyzes the role of property rights in soil conservation. The conventional wisdom in soil conservation and property rights argues that tenants invest less than landlords in sustainable management practices and tend to overexploit soil biota services. The paper examines how this issue is linked to bioeconomic considerations. In an optimal control approach to the modeling of soil ecosystem services exploitation, the paper shows how economic, biological and ecological variables drive the rewards of investment in soil conservation through agricultural practices.

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  • Foudi, Sébastien, 2012. "The role of farmers' property rights in soil ecosystem services conservation," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 83(C), pages 90-96.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolec:v:83:y:2012:i:c:p:90-96
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2012.08.015
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    1. Sidibé, Yoro & Foudi, Sébastien & Pascual, Unai & Termansen, Mette, 2018. "Adaptation to Climate Change in Rainfed Agriculture in the Global South: Soil Biodiversity as Natural Insurance," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 146(C), pages 588-596.
    2. Bartosz Bartkowski & Bernd Hansjürgens & Stefan Möckel & Stephan Bartke, 2018. "Institutional Economics of Agricultural Soil Ecosystem Services," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 10(7), pages 1-14, July.

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    Keywords

    Ecosystem services; Property rights; Land value; Heterogeneous environment; Bioeconomic modeling;

    JEL classification:

    • Q15 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Land Ownership and Tenure; Land Reform; Land Use; Irrigation; Agriculture and Environment
    • Q20 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - General
    • Q57 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Ecological Economics

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