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The diffusion of cattle ranching and deforestation : prospects for a hollow frontier in Mexicos Yucatán / Christopher B. Busch, Colin Vance
VerfasserBusch, Christopher B. ; Vance, Colin
Erschienen[Dortmund] : SFB 823, 2011
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Umfang1 Online-Ressource (29 Seiten) : Diagramme
SerieDiscussion paper ; Nr. 5 (2011)
SchlagwörterMexiko / Yucatán / Weidewirtschaft / Rinderhaltung / Melioration / Landwirtschaft / Haushaltsökonomie / Entwaldung
URNurn:nbn:de:hbz:6:2-1311765 
DOI10.17877/DE290R-8154 
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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 Mexicos 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 households 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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