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The persistence of ecological-economic systems: Alternate measures and their properties


  • Amitrajeet A. Batabyal


A number of ecologists and some economists have commented on the significance of persistence as a stability concept for jointly determined ecological-economic systems. This notwithstanding, the economics and the regional science literatures have paid scant attention to the problem of computing an ecological-economic system's persistence. As such, this paper has two objectives. First, we derive three measures of the persistence of a jointly determined ecological-economic system whose temporal behavior is governed by the presence of thresholds. Next, we compare and contrast these three measures. Finally, we discuss their theoretical properties and their practical uses. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2003

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  • Amitrajeet A. Batabyal, 2003. "The persistence of ecological-economic systems: Alternate measures and their properties," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer;Western Regional Science Association, vol. 37(2), pages 323-336, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:anresc:v:37:y:2003:i:2:p:323-336
    DOI: 10.1007/s001680300122

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    JEL classification: Q20; D81;

    JEL classification:

    • Q20 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - General
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty


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