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The Diffusion of Cattle Ranching and Deforestation – Prospects for a Hollow Frontier in Mexico's Yucatán

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  • Busch, Christopher B.
  • Vance, Colin

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This article investigates the behavioral drivers of pasture creation and associated implications for deforestation in a 22,000 km2 agricultural frontier spanning the base of Mexico's southern Yucatán. After developing a theoretical model that highlights the role of social networks and information spillovers with respect to the decision to begin cattle ranching, we use household data to estimate an econometric duration model of the determinants of pasture creation. Although pasture fits well with the typical household's resource constraints, its continued expansion contributes to a hollow frontier dynamic in which the spread of low-value cattle ranching coincides with decreasing population.

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  • Busch, Christopher B. & Vance, Colin, 2011. "The Diffusion of Cattle Ranching and Deforestation – Prospects for a Hollow Frontier in Mexico's Yucatán," Ruhr Economic Papers 242, RWI - Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-University Bochum, TU Dortmund University, University of Duisburg-Essen.
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    Keywords

    pasture creation; information spillovers; duration analysis; farm households; Mexico;

    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
    • R22 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Other Demand

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