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Making the Commons Work: Conservation and Cooperation in Ireland

  • Salvatore Di Falco
  • Thomas M. van Rensburg

Commonage represents land held under common property that incorporates a system of local cooperative arrangements and rules to conserve and manage the Irish uplands. We analyze the institutional and economic factors that 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; while (3) farm financial support through agri-environment measures positively affects commonage conservation and encourages cooperation between farmers.

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Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Land Economics.

Volume (Year): 84 (2008)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 620-634

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Handle: RePEc:uwp:landec:v:84:y:2008:i:4:p:620-634
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