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A Model of Optimal Labour and Soil Use with Shifting Cultivation

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Pascual, Unai; Barbier, Edward
Date: 2001
Agency: Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, Milan, Italy
Series: FEEM Working Paper No. 83.2001
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/6403
Sector: Agriculture
Region: Central America & Caribbean
Subject(s): soil
land degradation
rural affairs
Abstract: "This paper analyses the relationship between rural poverty and soil degradation in the context of a shifting cultivating community. A deterministic optimal control model demonstrates how a representative household's labour allocation affects the natural resource base on which its livelihood largely depends. The comparative static examination of relevant parameters and welfare effects of changes in the real wage rate are discussed. The theoretical results obtained are calibrated with data from the Yucatan, Mexico."

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