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Agricultura en Amazonia: Crecimiento con Abundancia de Recursos Naturales en una Region Perifirica

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Cunha, Aercio S.; Kyle, Steve C.
Journal: Revista de Analisis Economico
Volume: 5
Page(s): 81-93
Date: 1990
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/7013
Sector: Agriculture
Region: South America
Subject(s): agriculture
policy analysis
natural resources
overexploitation
Abstract: "This paper shows how lack of competitiveness for commercial agriculture in Amazonia makes difficult the attraction or retention of mobile factors (capital and labor) generating a state of continuous scarcity for these factors. It is also shown that policies attempting to regain equilibrium in factor proportions like capital subsidies or colonization programs are ineffective. Finally, it is shown that attempts to maximize the return on scarce factors lead to overutilization of natural resource and environmental degradation. Although global price incentives policies can help, technical progress is the important variable for the long run sustainability of agriculture in Amazonia."

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