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Changing farm types and irrigation as an adaptation to climate change in Latin American agriculture

  • Mendelsohn, Robert
  • Seo, Niggol

This paper estimates a model of a farm that treats the choice of crops, livestock, and irrigation as endogenous. The model is composed of a multinomial choice of farm type, a binomial choice of irrigation, and a set of conditional land value functions. The model is estimated across over 2,000 farmers in seven Latin America countries. The results quantify how farmers adapt their choice of farm type and irrigation to their local climate. The results should help governments develop effective adaptation policies in response to climate change and improve the forecasting of climate effects. The paper compares the predicted effects of climate change using both endogenous and exogenous models of farm choice.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 4161.

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Date of creation: 01 Mar 2007
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:4161
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